Guido from Anderlecht

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Picture of Guido von Anderlecht in a medieval manuscript

Guido von Anderlecht , also called Wido von Anderlecht (* in Brabant ; † September 12, 1012 in Anderlecht ), was a Flemish sexton (sacristan) and pilgrim , at whose grave in today's collegiate church in Anderlecht numerous miracles are said to have taken place.


As the son of poor parents, he was first a servant, then a sexton in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken near Brussels (now a district of Brussels) and then rose to become a successful businessman . Then he turned to life in piety, he gave away his belongings and went on pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem . He died of the plague as the "poor man of Anderlecht" . The legends surrounding Guido tell of miraculous healings .


City coat of arms of Anderlecht with the image of St. Guido

His grave became a place of pilgrimage in connection with the legends . He is the patron saint of Anderlecht, which is why Anderlecht has a representation of Guido in its city ​​arms . He is also the patron saint of farmers and servants, sexton and bell ringer, carters and merchants, pilgrims, cattle and a helper in cattle epidemics and dysentery .

St. Guido is portrayed as a pilgrim or a farmer who kneels down praying while working in the fields while an angel guides the plow . Its attributes include pilgrim hat , pilgrim bottle and pilgrim staff , as well as horse and ox. His Catholic feast day is September 12th.


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  1. Collegiate Church of St. Peter and Guido Interesting - Michelin Reisen Archived copy ( memento of the original from June 30, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /