Lambert was born to a noble family in Maastricht (in
spiritual father Bishop Theodard was killed in 671, St
Lambert was elected Bishop of Maastricht despite his youth.
He was loved by his flock for his holiness, ascetic labors
and almsgiving, but was driven from his see in 675 after his
patron King Childeric II was assassinated.
withdrew to the Monastery of Stavelot where he lived for
seven years as one of the brethren, claiming no privileges
despite his office. Once, getting up to pray during the
night, he accidentally disturbed the monastic silence.
called out for whoever was responsible to do penance by
standing barefoot in the snow before a cross outside the
monastery church. In the morning the Abbot was dismayed to
see the Bishop standing barefoot, covered with snow, before
the cross, his face shining. The Abbot sought to apologize,
but Lambert replied that he was honored to serve God like
the Apostles, in cold and nakedness.
Pepin of Heristal took power in 681, he restored Lambert to
his See, despite the Saint's desire to remain in obscurity.
bishop renewed his pastoral labors with vigor, visiting the
most distant parishes and preaching the Gospel to the pagans
who still inhabited the area, despite danger and threats.
But when King Pepin put away his wife and replaced her with
his concubine Alpais, St Lambert was the only Bishop who
dared to rebuke him. For this he incurred the wrath of
Alpais, who ordered his death. His assassins carried out
their evil commission, even though they found a cross
shining above the humble dwelling where he was staying.
Lambert is one of the best-loved Saints of Belgium, where
many parish churches are dedicated to him.