Sunday, 13 October 2013

St. Edward the Confessor

Today, in the EF,  the Feast of St. Edward the Confessor is commemorated, being superseded by the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.

The following is taken from the St. Andrew Daily Missal (1962 Edition):-

"St. Edward, King of England from 142 to 1066, was known as the Confessor to distinguish him from his uncle Edward the Martyr. He restored Westminster Abbey, was devout, much addicted to giving alms, was affable and peace-loving. His popularity spread throughout the kingdom soon after the Norman Conquest, and it as the Norman dynasty which secured his canonisation by Alexander III in 1161. Innocent XI inserted his name in the Roman calendar. October 13 is the anniversary of the translation of his relics which are still preserved in Westminster Abbey."

St. Edward's tomb in Westminster Abbey

I can't help feeling that there are some politicians and heads of state around the world today, who could learn a lot from taking St. Edward as a role model. 
Ora pro nobis.

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