Thursday, June 2, 2011

St. Ethelbert the Royal Martyr

Joyous feast! St. Ethelbert was a king of the East Angles known for his great piety and humility. Although he desired to remain celibate he bowed to the pressures of his court to marry and went to nearby Mercia to court the daughter of its king. The Mercian king, fearful of his daughter's love for St. Ethelbert and her urgings that he accept the Saint as his overlord, had his visitor beheaded and buried anonymously. A heavenly light shone where the Saint's relics were buried, however, and they were taken and enshrined in Hereford and London. More on the St. Ethelbert's life and legacy can be found here. May his blessing and prayers be with us all!

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