Friday, December 26, 2008

Coronation of Charlemagne

On Christmas Day, 800, Charles the Great, King of the Franks, was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III at St. Peter's Basilica. According to one account:
On the day of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ all [who had been present at the council] came together again in the same basilica of blessed Peter the apostle. And then the venerable and holy pontiff, with his own hands, crowned [Charles] with a most precious crown. Then all the faithful Romans, seeing how he loved the holy Roman church and its vicar and how he defended them, cried out with one voice by the will of God and of St. Peter, the key-bearer of the kingdom of heaven, "To Charles, most pious Augustus, crowned by God, great and peace-loving emperor, life and victory."(Salus et victoria) This was said three times before the sacred tomb of blessed Peter the apostle, with the invocation of many saints, and he was instituted by all as emperor of the Romans. Thereupon, on that same day of the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the most holy bishop and pontiff anointed his most excellent son Charles as king with holy oil.


Terry Nelson said...

Merry Christmas Elena!

elena maria vidal said...

Merry Christmas, Terry!

Micki said...

What an interesting card of Charlemagne. It's almost like one of my holy cards. I'm always pleased to see you share them here on your blog. I hope others enjoy and are inspired by them as much as I am. Thank you. Blessings for the New Year.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Micki. I found this picture of Charlemagne on Wikipedia. Your holy cards are great and really have brightened up this blog for the holy days. When I use anything of yours I always give the attribution.