Celtic and Old English Saints           25 March

* St. Kennocha
* St. Alfwold of Sherborne

St. Kennocha, Virgin
(also known as Kyle, Enoch)

Died 1007. Saint Kennocha was a Scottish nun of the convent in Fife.
Formerly she was held in great veneration in Scotland, especially in the
district around Glasgow. Said to have been the only daughter of a
wealthy family, she rejected the attraction of worldly goods and all
suitors in order to pursue a life of prayer. By an extraordinary love of
poverty and mortification, a wonderful gift of prayer, and purity or
singleness of heart, she attained to the perfection of all virtues. She
became famous because of several miracles God wrought on her behalf
(Benedictines, Husenbeth).

St. Alfwold of Sherborne, Bishop
Died c. 1058; also March 26. Saint Alfwold, a monk of Winchester, was
chosen to be bishop of Sherborne in 1045. He was known for his great
devotion to Saints Cuthbert and Swithun, whose cults he propagated. He
set up Swithun's image in his church and often visited Cuthbert's
shrine. William of Malmesbury recorded the reminiscences of a priest
from his diocese who knew Bishop Alfwold. Unlike most members of the
episcopacy, he used only common wood eating utensils and was known for
his habitual abstinence at a time when self-indulgence was the rule. He
quarrelled at least once with Earl Godwin of Wessex, who was suddenly
stricken ill and recovered only after the saint pardoned him (Attwater2,
Benedictines, Farmer, Gill).

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