Saint Henry of Uppsala

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Saint Henry of Uppsala, the Patron of Finland, was an Englishman of the twelfth century residing at Rome. In 1152, he was consecrated Bishop of Uppsala, Sweden, by the Papal Legate Nicholas Breakspear, who later became Pope Adrian IV.

In 1154, St. Eric, King of Sweden, led a punitive expedition against the Finns in retaliation for their marauding activity into Sweden, and Henry accompanied him. Eric offered peace and the Christian Faith to the people of Finland, but they refused. A battle ensued and the Swedes won.  Henry baptized the defeated people in the Spring of Kuppis near Turku. When Eric returned to Sweden, Henry remained behind, working to convert more of the Finns.

To this end he built a church at Nousis, which became his headquarters. In time, Henry met a violent death on account of his love of God. A converted Finnish soldier named Lalli had murdered a Swedish soldier. After careful consideration of the facts and assiduous prayer, Henry imposed the penalty of excommunication on the murderer. Lalli became enraged and slew the saintly bishop with an ax. Henry was buried at Nousis, and miracles were reported at his tomb.

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  1. Dear St. Henry of Uppsala i request you to pray to God for my family specially for my brother and for my sisters please may God give them wisdom and may he always be with them.Please pray for my job which is new and i just joined it please help me that i will do my job with the guidance of Lord Jesus Christ.Amen

  2. DEAR ST HENRY OF UPPSALA HELP ME OVERCOME THE EVIL RESIDEING IN MY HOME NOT FAMILY AND THE FIANANCAIL MEANS TO CONFRONT THE EVIL TOO. ALSO PRAY FOR HOLY THE HOLY S IN PURGATORY AND ESPECIALLY TMY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ALSO PRSY MY LIVING SISTER OR MY FRIEND JOHN AMND MY ATTORNEY HELP ME AND NIT PUT ME ANYWHERE BECVA– USE OF MONEIS SPENT BY ME HELPING A FRIEND SURVIVE NOWE IN WASJINTON AND HOPE U CAN SEND HIM CUSTOMERS AS HE HAS BECAME MEMBER OF CHURCH BUT OCATHOLIC AND DOES SERMONS AND HAS GIVEN UP HIS PAST LIFE. I NEED FORGIVENES FROM AL FOR MY UNWISE DECISIONS I WAS TOLD HELPING SOMEINE AND I DID NIT HAVE THE MEANS BUT MY SISTER HAD TO PAY THE DEBTS. HOW CAN I REPAY HER I DONT KNOW

  3. St. Henry I am of need of Saintly humbleness, so I can finish my mission, I need the wisdom to stay in the love of The Lord, I do pray The Lord has mercy on the USA and stop the killing of unborn babies so we may be an example for the world and The Lords present to the Blessed Mother since we have been given to Her, and the poor souls of purgatory, and the popes intentions, and for all the people here who’s prayers who are so desperately needed to answered..

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