I saw the following question on another forum:
**Question: **“In my oblate handbook St Henry is said to be the patron of Benedictine oblates, yet I cannot find his feast in either the traditional O.S.B. Diurnal nor in the new post-1962 edition. In the O.S.B. supplement to the Old (1945) St Andrew Daily Missal, likewise he is missing, but the feast is in the main Proper of saints. He is in the wall calendar (pre-1955 rules) from St Gertrude the Great Church.”
**Background to the mystery. ** What is odd is that I had the same question. I did some checking and found the following:
The Orthodox Oblates blog states that the good emperor was a Benedictine oblate.
It may be interesting that the OSB website pages here and here on oblates only mention St. Maurus, despite the fact that OSB site links to the Saint Vincent Archabbey formation booklet which mentions St. Henry II on page 52 as patron saint of oblates.
Was an old Wiki the Source? :eek: The Orthodox Oblates blog appears to be quoting a wikipedia article, but the current version of the wikipedia article does not mention Henry being an oblate or patron of oblates.
But the text in the Orthodox Oblates blog is virtually the same (in the applicable section) as the text of the wikipedia article except for the few words regarding St. Henry being an oblate.
The Sherlock Holmes in me might conclude that the wikipedia article has been changed from how it once was written and quoted by the Orthodox Oblates blog.
I wonder if Saint Vincent Archabbey and the Orthodox Oblates blog both used the same older version wikipedia article that appears to the source for the Orthodox Oblates blog article.
**Help Solve This Mystery. **So, I ask, what’s the tradition about good St. Henry, is he an oblate, why is he not in the Monastic Diurnal (he’s not there, right?) , is he the patron of oblates? Was he an oblate?
The wikipedia article says this about his feast day, “Saint Henry’s name, which does not appear in the Tridentine Calendar, was inserted in 1631 in the Roman Calendar as a commemoration within the celebration of Saint Anacletus on 13 July, the day of his death and the traditional day for his celebration on a local level. In 1668, it was moved to 15 July for celebration as a Semidouble. This rank was changed by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to that of Simple, and by Pope John XXIII in 1960 to that of Third-Class Feast. In 1969, it was returned to its original date of 13 July as a non-obligatory Memorial.”