HISTORY CHRISTIANITY, BLACK OR NUBIAN SAINTS
Black Saint: St. Maurice Patron Of German Royalty
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May it evoke euphoria or even nostalgia for the good old days by the starved multitudes of modern day adherents of Christianity? Yet Saints are an intriguing group of men, women and children of all races (powerful, powerless, inept, articulate and disabled) who through their dedication, suffered, and in many instances gave their lives in exchange for the perpetuation of a doctrine. While, the worship of saints is a concept of ancestral worship that has always been an integral part of African culture.
St. Maurice was a celebrated personality in Europe since the Third Century of the Christian era. He was born a Theban (Nubian) in Upper Egypt or Sudan. Even though Christianity was flourishing in this region, it was under the control of the Roman Empire as other lands in the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea. St. Maurice was the leader of the Roman legion of the district. In autumn of 285 C.E., Emperor Maximilian sent a large army to Switzerland to oppose a rebellion in the south of Galla. These forces included the Theban Legion.
St. Maurice was assigned to Agaunium, 20 Kilometers from the Genfer Lakes. At a large field service before the battle, the soldiers were required to worship icons of pagan gods that included a statue of the emperor. The entire legion refused. This was considered an act of rebellion and blasphemy. They were charged with high treason and mutiny before the enemy. The result was the beheading of Maurice and his companions. From then, Christians cherished and adored Maurice as a martyr. Within a century of his passing, he was beatified and a church was constructed over his tomb.
The Swiss national flag bears a white cross in his honour. Over the ages the cult of Maurice spread over Germany where he became the official Saint Knight of the Emperors and Bishops who sought his miracles and blessings. Coins and Coats of Arms for many districts and cities in Germany were made in his honour. He is still worshipped in Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Britain, Germany & the former states of Yugoslavia, where his iconography decorates churches and shrines. His feast days are: February 25th, June 3rd, September 11th, 22nd, & 28th, October 11th, 16th & 19th.
MOSES THE BLACK (330 -405) A feared Ethiopian who became a hermit. He refused to defend himself against a band of Arabs and was murdered along with six other monks.
AUGUSTINE (Born Nov. 13, 354 C.E And Died August 28, 430 C.E)
Monks, nuns, priests, canons, friars and hermits follow his ideas to this day. He is one of the most prolific thinkers and certainly one of the most influential. His writings are considered classics and it is well known that he influenced individuals like Luther who went on to form his own sect in Augsburg, Germany. In life, Augustine can be described as a rebellious youth who went on to be a scholar and thence to be one of the most revered saints. His relics are enshrined in many Christian centres throughout the world.
THE MOOR Died 303
BENEDICT THE MOOR