|Saint Rasso of Andechs|
|Feast||May 17; May 19 (Grafrath, Andechs)|
|Patronage||invoked against stomach pains, especially in children|
Saint Rasso of Andechs (also Rasso of Grafrath, Graf Ratt, Ratho, Grafrath, Rasso von Andechs) (ca. 900-953) was a Bavarian count and military leader, pilgrim, and saint. He was the count (Graf) of Dießen-Andechs, leading the Bavarians against invading Magyars in the tenth century. No contemporary Vita of Rasso has survived and various legends arose around his cult in the late Middle Ages. However, there is no reason to doubt that there existed a count named Rasso who fought against the Magyars in the 950s.
He was a large man. When his relics were exhumed in 1468, it was determined that he was some 2 meters (6 ft 6 in) tall, although it was previously thought that he was even taller, since the size of his actual grave was 2 and a half meters.
The healing shrine and pilgrimage church (Wallfahrtskirche) of St. Rasso at Grafrath received many visitors during the Middle Ages and afterwards; records of the miracles attributed to him between the years 1444 and 1728 consist of 12,131 entries.
In 955, the relics that Rasso had brought from Rome and the Holy Land to his monastery at Wörth had been transferred to Andechs Abbey to preserve them from the ravages of the Magyars.
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- Rasso (Ratho) von Andechs - Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon
- Charles R. Bowlus, The Battle of Lechfeld And Its Aftermath, August 955: The End (Ashgate Publishing, 206), 143n.
- Charles R. Bowlus, The Battle of Lechfeld And Its Aftermath, August 955: The End (Ashgate Publishing, 2006), 143n.
- Saints of May 17
- (German) Rasso von Andechs
- (German) „Rasso wahrscheinlich älter“ – aktuelle Wertung von Ungereimtheiten der Quellen (Dr. Ernst Meßmer ist auch Author der beiden Rasso-Monografien, die bei der Deutschen Nationalbibiothek unter dem Stichwort Rasso verzeichnet sind)
- (German) „Der heilige Rasso kämpft gegen die Ungarn“, Fresken in der Stiftskirche Andechs von Johann Baptist Zimmermann, 1751–1754