St. Aicard

S. Aicardo
The Acta Sanctorum – or Acts of the Saints - remember three Lives of this saint: the first written by Fulbert, probably around the 11th century; the second, in a manuscript written before the 10th century, published by Mabillon; and the third, which is a second draft of the Life by Fulbert. These are, however, recent and scarcely reliable documents, compiled based on the mention made of this saint in the life of St. Philibert. Aicard was born in Poitiers around 624, son of Auchaire and Ermina, and was educated by the monk Ansfried. Following the suggestion given to him by a voice he had miraculously heard while he was monk in the monastery of St. Jouin, on land that was owned by his family, the Saint and his family, together with the bishop Ansoald, built the Abbey of Quinzay (now St. Benedict). The abbey was placed under the jurisdiction of the abbot of nearby Jumièges, St. Philibert, who gave its government to Aicard. Aicard gave such proof of wisdom in directing Quinzay for about thirty years that, when St. Philibert left Jumièges to return to Poitou, he was called upon to succeed him as abbot (684). The devil often appeared to him but the Saint overcame the demon, preventing him, for example, from causing a large tree to fall upon some of his monks. It is said, however, that he had once received the devil’s reproach for having his hair cut on Sunday. Aicard died on September 15th, perhaps in 687. Nonetheless, not everyone agrees on this date. He was buried at Jumièges, but during the Norman invasion his relics were rescued at Haspres, where they were carefully preserved for the numerous miracles they worked. It was only at the time of St. Ugone that the arms of the saint were secretly brought back to Jumièges. The name Aicard is found in the Roman Martyrology, but not in older ones. Already before 912, the church of Jumièges celebrated his name. He is greatly worshipped in Poitou and Normandy. The saint is generally remembered on September 15th, but in some menologies on June 17th.