17February Today is the Feast Day of St Evermode of Ratzeburg, my Namesake and Norbertine Patron Saint. Evermode was born in Belgium around the beginning of the twelfth century. Practically nothing is known of his youth. When Evermode was about twenty years old, St. Norbert came to the city of Cambry to preach at the invitation of Bishop Burchard. Evermode happened to hear Norbert speak and was moved immediately to join him. Norbert took him back to the newly founded community in Premontre where Evermode became one of his first disciples. From this day forward Evermode accompanied Norbert on all his journeys, soon becoming the closest friend and "beloved disciple" of the wandering preacher. Evermode was by Norbert's side at all the key moments of his life as founder and archbishop. On 6Jun1134, he was present at the bedside of Norbert as he imparted his farewell blessing and died. Evermode was stricken keenly by the death of Norbert. In the years that followed, he held several positions of leadership. From 1134 to 1138 he was the provost of the Abbey of Gottesgnaden in Saxony, and, from 1138 to 1154 provost of St. Mary's in Magdeburg. In the year 1154 Evermode was appointed the first bishop of the newly founded diocese of Ratzeburg. Evermode was also famed for his keen sense of justice. When the powerful Count Henry of Ratzeburg continued to mistreat some prisoners despite Evermode's pleading to treat them fairly, he responded with a miracle. When the prisoners were admitted to the cathedral for the Mass of Easter, as was the custom, Evermode sprinkled the newly blessed Easter water on their chains, and the chains broke, setting the prisoners free. Evermode died as bishop of Ratzeburg on 17Feb1178. He is pictured with the regalia of a bishop. wiping away the tears of grief which he shed over the death of his beloved friend, St. Norbert.
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