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Guido of Anderlecht, St.


Confessor, known as St. Wye (in Flemish) and the "Poor Man of Anderlecht"; d. Anderlecht, Belgium, Sept. 12, 1012. The only details concerning the life of Guido come from a vita composed 100 years after his death. According to this text, Guido was the son of peasant parents in Brabant and become a sexton at the church of Our Lady in Laeken, near Brussels. After engaging in business for some time as a merchant, he undertook a seven-year pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem as expiation. After his return, Guido lived out the few remaining days of his life in Anderlecht. He began to be venerated as a result of miracles reputedly worked at his almost forgotten tomb in that city.

Feast: Sept. 12.

Bibliography: Acta sanctorum, Sept. 4 (1868) 3648. j. leclercq, Saints de Belgique (new rev. ed. Tournai 1953). f. mortier, "La Légende De S. Guidon à Anderlecht," Folklore brabançon 10 (1930) 4655. j. lavallaye, "Notes sur la culte de S. G. à. A.," Annales de la Societé royale d'archéologie de Bruxelles 37 (1934) 221248.

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