ST. ADELBERT, C.
HE was a prince of the royal blood of the kings of
Northumberland; but having forsaken the world to devote himself to
the service of God, he joined St. Willibrord in his apostolic labors
in Lower Germany about the year 700. He converted great part of
Holland and Friesland, was chosen archdeacon of Utrecht, and having
happily finished his course about the year 740, died at Egmond, which
town is thought to have been so called from Eggo, lord of the place,
and the great patron of our saint. The tomb of St. Adelbert at Egmond
became illustrious by many miracles. Thierry, count of that country,
which was shortly after called Holland, founded in honor of St.
Adelbert, in that place, in the beginning of the tenth century, a
Benedictin abbey, which was first built of wood, as were most
churches before the tenth century, according to the remark of the
author of Batavia Sacra. The name of St. Adelbert stands in the Roman
Martyrology. See Mabillon, sæc. 3; Ben. part 1, p. 631; the
Bollandists on this day; Miræus in Fastis Belgicis; and above
all, Batavia Sacra, printed an. 1754, p. 44.