Celtic and Old English Saints          2 August

* St. Etheldritha of Croyland
* St. Plegmund of Canterbury
* St. Alban, Finding of his Relics
* St. Wulvella

St. Etheldritha of Croyland, Nun & Virgin
(also known as ?lfryth, Alfrida,
Alfreda, Althryda, Ethelfreda)
Died 834. Saint Etheldritha was daughter of King Offa of the Mercians
and his queen, Quindreda. She was betrothed to King Ethelbert of the
East Angles, who was killed by her father's treachery. Because she had
wanted to consecrate her life entirely to the service of God, she left
the court and established herself about 793 in a small cell on Croyland
Island in the desolate marshes of Lincolnshire. There she lived as a
recluse for forty years devoting herself to assiduous prayer and the
practice of Christian virtue. Several miracles attested to her eminent
sanctity, however, she was best known for her prophesies. Her tomb was
among those arranged around that of Saint Guthlac, but her relics were
lost during the ravages of the Danes when they destroyed Croyland Abbey
in 870 (Benedictines, Farmer, Encyclopaedia, Husenbeth).

St. Plegmund, Bishop of Canterbury
Born in Mercia, England; died at Canterbury, England, on August 2, 914.
Saint Plegmund was a hermit on an island near Chester, called
Plegmundham after him and later Plemstall, who was noted for his
holiness and scholarship. He was called to the court of Alfred the Great
to be his tutor. He helped Alfred write the Old English version of Pope
Saint Gregory the Great's "On Pastoral Care" (Liber regulae pastoralis)
and may have been responsible for the compilation of the Anglo-Saxon

At that monarch's request, in 890, he was consecrated archbishop of
Canterbury by Pope Formosus in Rome. He crowned Edward the Elder at
Kingston in 901, and consecrated the Newminster at Winchester in 908.
Plegmund travelled to Rome again in 908, probably to secure approval of
his bishopric by Pope Sergius III, because the consecrations of Formosus
were condemned in 897 and 905. He returned from Rome with some of the
relics of Saint Blaise.

Archbishop Plegmund divided the Wessex dioceses of Winchester and
Sherbourne into Winchester, Ramsbury, Sherbourne, Wells, and Crediton
(which was later called Exeter) and consecrated bishops for each of them
(plus two others) on the same day. His episcopacy was noted for
promoting learning and developing Canterbury's metropolitan
jurisdiction. (Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer).

Service to our Holy Father Plegmund Archbishop of Canterbury

Finding of the Relics of Alban, Protomartyr of Britain
See 22 June for his Life

St. Wulvella (6th c.), Sister of St Sidwell
See yesterday's Life.

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