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The Saxon Catholic Church is the particular church of Twente and is autocephalous to the broader Catholic Church and Holy See of Tiburtina. Not Latin or Tiburtian Rite, but Saxon Rite is practiced. Saxon Rite is included and described in the Lambertgesett of 1796. It encompasses the liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary patrimony, culture and circumstances of history of the people of Twente, by which its own manner of living the faith has manifested.

Sacraments – The EIGHT Sacraments of the Saxon Catholic Church

• Baptism
• Confirmation
• Holy Eucharist
• Penance
• Anointing of the Sick
• Holy Orders
• Matrimony
• Vlöggeln


Wittekind’s Saxnot War
The first recorded council of tribal leaders took place in 632AD in Hoksebarge. For the century to come, leaders of Saxon tribes in Twente, among which Tuihanti, Salii, Chasuarii, Ampsivarii and Varini, gathered annually to confirm their laws, give judgment on outstanding cases, and determine by common counsel whether they would go to war or be in peace that year. In 771 word spread of a foreign force, a powerful realm in the west not witnessed since the fall of the Tiburian Empire. Soon it was agreed that a time of war had come and the tribes joined under a newly elected leader: Wittekind.
The conquest of the Archduke, that had forcefully assumed chiefdom tribe after tribe, from west to east, was slowing down by 776. He had not foreseen the resistance of the central Germanian tribes that made clever use of the fire that their war god Saxnot supplied them with and the untamed broad rivers, Regge and Dinkel, that made their land hard to reach. In 777 the archducal forces had crossed, but the heathens they found would not understand the Word of the Lord, nor would they perish by the sword. Saxnot was with them.

Wittekind and the Saxon Steed
Late winter, early 777, Wittekind and eight of his councilmen set out to meet the archduke at the Regge riverbanks. Wittekind rode his black stallion through the bog that separated the two armies. On his way Saxnot spoke to him and said the word “Tubantia” over and over again.
Meeting the archduke was an unpleasant experience, what was said and agreed upon has been lost over time. Very little time, in fact. On the way back, through the bog, Wittekind saw and heard not Saxnot but Christ. Wittekind returned from the bog on a white steed. Wittekind explained to the people that Saxnot, the archduke and Christ spoke to him. He explained that he now was their duke and that their duchy was named Tubantia, the one tribe. He explained that they were all Saxon and they were all Christian, that the white steed was a symbol of their new found God, the one God. And he sent his eight councilmen as Poaskeerls back to their homes where they would spread the Word of the Lord at the May fires of their tribes, those are the first Easter fires that celebrate the resurrection of Christ in Tubantia.

Religious Composition:

De jure:
Saxon Catholic (100%)

De facto:
Saxon Catholic (97%)
Saxnotistic (>2%)
Other (<1%)

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