|St. Meinrad is killed by
So they went into the oratory, not intent on what he had urged
them to do, but rather on the evil they had come to commit, and
they came back to him quickly. The man of God gave them his tunic
and cuculla, and added as well bread and drink, saying: "Take these
things from my hands; indeed, once you finish what you have come to
do, you can take for yourselves whatever you want of these things
here. For I know that you have come to kill me. But one favor I beg
of you. After you have ended the course of my present life, place
these candles which you see and which I made for this very purpose,
one burning at my head and one at my feet. Then afterwards quickly
leave this place, lest those who are used to visit me come upon you
and force you to pay the penalty of your crime."
Then all at once Richard seized the blessed man with his filthy
hands, and locked his little body fast in his arms, weakened as it
was by fasting. And with an oath, he ordered his companion to club
the holy man. Peter disabled Meinrad by beating him on his sides
and legs, while the holy man raised his hands to God.
Richard said: "We haven't got all day; hit him in the head and
finish him off. Hurry up, or I'll do it myself." And at once he
took up the club and landed a blow on Meinrad's head with all his
might. So stricken, the holy man sank to the ground half dead. And
they flung themselves on him and strangled him with their hands
until he breathed out his spirit.
Meinrad's soul then went forth, and in the very last gasp of
breath, an odor of such sweetness came out and filled the whole
cell, as if perfumes of all aromas had been strewn around and were
sending out their fragrance. Then the thieves stripped him of the
clothing he was wearing, carried the man of God to the bed where he
used to rest, and put him in it.
They put a cloak underneath him, and a blanket over him; and, as
the man of God had asked when alive, they took the candles, placed
one at his head, and ran with the other to the chapel to get a
light from the flame that burned constantly in the oratory.