Saint Hermengild was the Prince of Visigothic Spain whom was to later be martyred due to the fact that he refused to accept the ancient Arian heresy, which is the profession of faith that Christ did not have two natures, but only one nature which was human, thus He was not God made flesh. Saint Hermengild was the son of Leovigild the Visigoth, king of Spain, and was raised as an Arian since his father was faithful to the heresy himself. His wife, Indegundis, converted him from the heresy to the Catholic faith, which brought about his disinheritance by King Leovigild and his defeat at Seville, Spain, by his father. When Hermenegild refused to accept Arianism, he was axed to death. To learn more about the life of Saint Hermengild click the following Link
Today’s collect in Eastertide: Oh God, who didst teach blessed Hermenegild, Thy Martyr, to choose the heavenly Kingdom rather than an earthly throne: grant us, we beseech Thee, that, following his example, we may despise the fleeting things of time and follow after those that are eternal. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in unity with The Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever, Amen.
Todays Gospel: Luke 14. 26,33 – “At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If any man comes to me, without hating his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yes, and his own life too, he can be no disciple of mine. 27 A man cannot be my disciple unless he takes up his own cross, and follows after me. 28 Consider, if one of you has a mind to build a tower, does he not first sit down and count the cost that must be paid, if he is to have enough to finish it? 29 Is he to lay the foundation, and then find himself unable to complete the work, so that all who see it will fall to mocking him 30 and saying, Here is a man who began to build, and could not finish his building? 31 Or if a king is setting out to join battle with another king, does he not first sit down and deliberate, whether with his army of ten thousand he can meet the onset of one who has twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still at a distance, he despatches envoys to ask for conditions of peace. 33 And so it is with you; none of you can be my disciple if he does not take leave of all that he possesses.”