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Sigfrid of Växjö

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Sigfrid is said to have been born in Glastonbury, England in the second half of the 10th century. It is said that St. [[Alphege]], [[Archbishop of Canterbury]], converted him to the Christian faith. Sigfrid was an eminent priest in York who was sent by the legendary ''King Mildred'' to assist in the Christianization of Scandanavia. It is theorized that this could have been King Æthelred II the Unready.
At the behest of Olaf I Tryggvason, Sigfrid arrived in Norway in 995 with two bishops and his three nephews who were Cluniac [[monks]]: Unaman the [[priest]], Sunaman the [[deacon]], and Winaman the [[subdeacon]]. There he became a court bishop for the Norwegian King. Due and travelled to the Battle isle of Svolder Godey in Saltenfjorden with him to engage the tenacious adversary of 999-1000the Christianity, Sigfrid and his nephews left for Sweden in 1002 where they founded three churches in Västergötland (West Gothland). This area was already being Christianized by the bishop Odinkar Hvite renowned pagan sorcerer Raud the ElderStrong. Inclement weather prevented landfall, who was based in Skara. Thus so Sigfrid and took his nephews went east liturgical [[vestments]] to the region of Värend in Småland to continue their missionary effortsprow and, lighting tapers and [[incense]], erecting first placed a [[cross ]] upon the stern and then building a wooden read from the [[Holy Gospel]] before [[blessing]] the vessel with [[Church architecture|churchholy water]] on . The sail was ordered to be stowed away and the king's ships rowed into the shores of Växjö Lakeford, at which point a miracle occurred wherein their passage stayed calm while a storm raged around them.
Due to the Battle of Svolder of 999-1000, Sigfrid and his nephews left for Sweden in 1002 where they founded three churches in Västergötland (West Gothland). This area was already being Christianized by the bishop Odinkar Hvite the Elder, who was based in Skara. Thus Sigfrid and his nephews went east to the region of Värend in Småland to continue their missionary efforts, erecting first a cross and then building a wooden [[Church architecture|church]] on the shores of Växjö Lake. Soon, twelve eleven prominent men of the area were soon brought to the Christian faith and [[baptism|baptized]] in a spring near the mountain Ostrabo. Their influence began a steady stream of pilgrims, who flocked to hear the Word of God and gaze upon Sigfrid's silken [[vestments]], gold and silver vessels, and other beautiful objects brought with him from England. In 1008, Sigfrid baptized King Olof Skötkonung in soon became curious and sent a spring near trusted councilor to investigate the village of Husabymatter. Olof Skötkonung became According to the first Christian King of Swedencouncilor, which marked as Sigrid lifted the beginning of [[paten]] during the Christianization of Sweden. Sigfrid next traveled north to re-establish [[Divine Liturgy]], the See of Upsala that had been founded by St. [[Ansgarprosphora]]became a young Boy, but the reversion to paganism was too strong in the region and whom he left in failure. In 1014, Olof Skötkonung assisted Sigfrid in the establishment of the Diocese of Skarakissed, at which became a suffragan of time the Archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremenvision disappeared. The first diocesan bishop, a German named Thurgaut, was consecrated Astonished by Sigrid. At this time, the diocese was comprised of "king sent for the Goth lands" Västergötland and Östergötland (East Gothland), some of Smålandholy bishop immediately; but en route, and also a chunk of other surrounding counties. Sigfrid is said to have consecrated made a [[vicar bishop]] for the eastern half of the diocese detour in Utvängstorp to enlighten and baptize the city of Linköping in Östergötlandpeople there.
Entrusting In 1008, Sigfrid baptized the royal family in a spring near the village of Husaby, making Olof Skötkonung the administration first Christian King of Växjö to Unaman and his brothersSweden, which marked the beginning of the Christianization of Sweden. Sigfrid left next traveled north to spread Christianity in Denmarkre-establish the See of Uppsala that had been founded by St. While he was gone[[Ansgar]], however, a local greedy nobleman Gunnar Gröpe gathered a group of pagans together but the reversion to kill Sigfrid's brothers paganism was too strong in the region and ransack the church he left in Växjöfailure. When Sigfrid returned During this time, the English bishop Gotebald was sent from his missionthe Danish frontier city of Lund to Scania, where he found his nephews' heads built its first church and was appointed bishop. In 1014, Olof Skötkonung assisted Sigfrid in the establishment of the Diocese of Skara, which became a weighed tub that was at suffragan of the bottom Archdiocese of Lake Helgasjön near the churchHamburg-Bremen. The bodies were buried deep inside first diocesan bishop, a forestGerman named Thurgaut, was consecrated by Sigrid. According to SigfridAt this time, the heads still possessed diocese was comprised of "the ability to speak Goth lands" Västergötland and Östergötland (East Gothland), some of Småland, and told him the names also a chunk of their murderersother surrounding counties. Sigfrid glorified God that He allowed Unaman, Sunaman, and Winaman is said to become have consecrated a [[martyrsvicar bishop]]. Soon Olof Skötkonung heard for the eastern half of the occurrence diocese in Växjö and offered to execute the perpetratorscity of Linköping in Östergötland, which Sigfrid refused. The and King also offered Canute sent an English bishop named Bernhard to extract from them weregild, which fill the saint also refusedsee of Scania. This made even By 1028, the laying English missionary Ulfrid attempted a third re-establishment of foundation extremely difficult for the destitute bishopChristianity in Uppsala, but he eventually rebuilt the church was martyred upon proclaiming [[anathema|anathematizing]] Thor and placed inside of it assaulting his idol in the relics of his holy kinlocal Thing.
Entrusting the administration of Växjö to Unaman and his brothers, Sigfrid left to spread Christianity in Denmark. While he was gone, however, a local greedy nobleman Gunnar Gröpe gathered a group of pagans together to kill Sigfrid's brothers and ransack the church in Växjö. When Sigfrid returned from his mission, he found his nephews' heads in a weighed tub that was at the bottom of Lake Helgasjön near the church. The bodies were buried deep inside a forest. According to Sigfrid, the heads still possessed the ability to speak and told him the names of their murderers. Sigfrid glorified God that He allowed Unaman, Sunaman, and Winaman to become [[martyrs]]. Soon Olof Skötkonung heard of the occurrence in Växjö and offered to execute the perpetrators, which Sigfrid refused. The King also offered to extract from them weregild, which the saint also refused. Finally, Sigfrid requested landed property and was gifted the estates known as Hof and Tjuby. The laying of foundation remained extremely difficult for the destitute bishop, but he eventually rebuilt the church and placed inside of it the relics of his holy kin. In his old age, Sigfrid had become very forgetful: once, he ordered a bath drawn during a [[Fast#Fasting_days|fasting day]], and a voice came down and reproached him, at which point he removed himself from the bath and repented. He visited Bremen in 1030 and reposed in the Lord in 1045. His [[relics]] were placed below the high [[altar]] of the Växjö church and performed many miracles until the shrine was dismantled after the Swedish Reformation. Sigfrid's legacy continued under his disciples, Bishops David and Eskil, who were later martyred.
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