Monk Otlon about the death in 754 of Saint Boniface

Monk Otlon about the death in 754 of Saint Boniface

When the missionaries dispersed over the spacious possessions of the frieze to preach the Gospel and came to the river Bortne… St. Boniface, accompanied by his disciples, ordered the tents to be broken and to wait at the same place for the arrival of people newly baptized to perform the sacrament of the sacrament. A certain day for this already approached. But when he came and the sun rose high above the horizon, all the people he expected, as the father of his children expects… with a terrible scream, armed, broke into the missionary camp… not as friends, but as enemies, not as new adherents of faith, but as new hangmen.

Seeing this, other believers, taking up arms, undertook to protect the missionaries from the demoniacal crowd. But St. Boniface appealed for protection to spiritual power, took the holy relics that he usually carried with him, then gathered the clerics near him, left the tent, stopped his followers who were preparing to defend him, and said to them: “I beg you, my children, do not to clash with our adversaries, because the Holy Letter teaches us not only not to pay evil for evil, but, on the contrary, to do good for evil. ” No sooner than St.. Boniface to complete the sermon, in which he urged his disciples to face martyrdom worthily, as an insane mob of pagans, armed with swords and other deadly weapons, again attacked them, and their bodies covered themselves with a crimson, and they accepted a blessed death…


Monk Otlon about the death in 754 of Saint Boniface