Anskar (in Latin, Ansgarius) was a monk of Saxon family, born in 801 (the year after the crowning of Charlemagne). In 826, when King Harald of Denmark asked Charlemagne's successors for missionaries, Anskar led a group to Denmark, and a few years later to Sweden.
Because of unsettled political conditions, his work ran into difficulties, and Anskar withdrew into Germany, where he served as first Archbishop of Hamburg. Later, however, he helped to consecrate Gotbert, the first bishop of Sweden. The Church of Sweden honors him as its apostle, and he serves as symbol of the historic friendship and present-day connection between the Anglican Churches and the Church of Sweden (in Swedish, English here).
written by James Kiefer
Almighty and everlasting God, who sent your servant Anskar as an apostle to the
people of Scandinavia, and enabled him to lay a firm foundation for their
conversion, though he did not see the results of his labors: Keep your Church
from discouragement in the day of small things, knowing that when you have begun
a good work you will bring it to a faithful conclusion; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and