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Reflection on the Feast of St. Olaf St. Olaf Also known as Heilag-Olav Holy Olaf Olaf Haraldson Olaf Haraldsson Olaf of Norway Olaf the Fat Olaf the Holy Olaf the Thick Ola Olao Olaus Olav Olave …More
Reflection on the Feast of St. Olaf St. Olaf
Also known as
Heilag-Olav
Holy Olaf
Olaf Haraldson
Olaf Haraldsson
Olaf of Norway
Olaf the Fat
Olaf the Holy
Olaf the Thick
Ola
Olao
Olaus
Olav
Olave
Olavs
Tola
Tooley
Óláfr Digre
Óláfr Haraldsson
Memorial
29 July
16 October (conversion of Saint Olaf)
3 August (translation of relics)
Profile
Son of Harald Grenske King of Norway and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter. Viking pirate. Convert to Christianity, baptised in 1010. Helped Ethelred of England against pagan Danish invaders. King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. Brought missionaries, including Blessed Theodgar of Vestervig, to Norway to evangelize his people. Olaf tried to force Christianity on them, but they revolted in 1029, and drove him first to Sweden and then to Kiev (in modern Russia). There he gathered his forces, and in 1030 tried to re-take his throne. He was killed in battle, and regarded by Norwegians as the great champion of national independence and a martyr.
Born
995
Died
killed in battle at Stiklestadt on 29 July 1030 while trying to recover his throne
buried at the Trondheim Cathedral
miracles reported at his tomb, and it became a noted place of pilgrimage for Scandanavians
Canonized
1164 by Pope Alexander III
Patronage
carvers
difficult marriages
kings
Norway
Representation
king, crowned and in armour with his weapons and a symbol of charity (food basket, etc.)
the arms of Norway are a lion with the battle-axe of Saint Olaf in the forepaws
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