Walburga, Saint

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Walburga, Saint

(wôlbûr`gə), d. c.779, English missionary in Germany; sister of St. WillibaldWillibald, Saint
, d. 787?, English missionary in Germany. He traveled in the East and was sent from Rome on a mission to aid St. Boniface. He was made first bishop of Eichstätt. St. Walburga was his sister, and St. Winnebald, first abbot of Heidenheim, was his brother. Feast: June 7.
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. She went there to assist St. BonifaceBoniface, Saint
, c.675–754?, English missionary monk and martyr, called the Apostle of Germany, b. Devonshire, England. His English name was Winfrid. He was educated in the monastery of Nursling, near Winchester.
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, settling at Heidenheim, near Eichstätt (NW of Ingolstadt), where another brother, Winnebald (or Wynbald), had an abbey. St. Walburga's convent became a principal center of civilization in Germany and an important shrine. Other forms of her name are Walpurgis, Walpurga, and Vaubourg. Feast: Feb. 25.

Walpurgisnacht, the traditional German witches' sabbath held in the HarzHarz
, mountain range, northern Germany, extending c.60 mi (100 km) between the Elbe and Leine rivers. The rugged mountains were once densely forested. They culminate in Brocken peak (3,747 ft/1,142 m high).
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 mountains, is named after her for unknown reasons. It is held on the eve of one of her feasts, May 1. There is a famous Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe's Faust.

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Legend has it that Witches' Night is when old crones like me gather at the 3,744ft peak - the highest in Germany's Harz Mountains - to meet up with the Devil on the eve of the feast day of Saint Walpurga (an 8th century English missionary).