Wednesday, July 20, 2011

St. Hedda of Winchester

Joyous feast! St. Hedda served as Bishop of the West Saxons or Wessex in southwestern England in the 7th century, having been elected to the episcopacy from the Monastery of St. Hilda where he had labored as a monk. Initially dwelling in Dorchester, St. Hedda later transferred his seat to the town of Winchester.

During St. Hedda's episcopacy King Ina of Wessex convened a national council of bishops and elders to enact a code of laws by which to govern the West Saxon kingdom, with St. Hedda and another saint of his day being credited with a great deal of the code's provisions. St. Hedda reposed not long after this in 705, and his tomb quickly became known as a place of miracles.

More on St. Hedda's life can be found here. May his blessing and prayers be with us all!

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