Commemoration (1954 Calendar): January 19
Besides being the Feast of Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, January 19th is the Feast of St. Canute. St. Canute is commemorated in the Liturgy today. He was the martyred King of Denmark who was slain while in prayer at the foot of the altar.
St. Canute succeeded his brother Harald III Hen in 1081. He built many churches and monasteries during his reign. In 1085, after planning an invasion of England, the nobles rebelled against him and forced him to flee to the Isle of Funen.
St. Canute - along with his brother and 17 companions - were martyred in the Church of St. Alban in 1086. Pope Paschal II canonized St. Canute in 1101.
O God, You have added glory to Your Church by granting to the blessed king Canute the gift of miracles and the crown of martyrdom. May we walk in the footsteps of Your saint and follow our Lord's own path of suffering, so that we too may enter into everlasting happiness. Through Our Lord...