St. Edmund of East Anglia


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/20


Patron Of: Diocese of East Anglia, England, Against Plague, Kings, Torture Victims, Wolves

Also known as
    Edmund the Martyr

Memorial
    20 November
    formerly 2 November

Profile
    King of East Anglia at age 14 on Christmas Day 855. A model ruler, concerned with justice for his people. Spent a year sequestered at Hunstanton learning the Psalter by heart. Following one of a series of armed engagement with invading Danes, he was captured. He was ordered to give his Christian people to the pagan invaders; he refused. Martyr.

Born
    c.841 probably at Nuremburg, Germany

Died
    beaten, whipped, shot with arrows and beheaded at Hoxne, Suffolk, England 20 November 870
    buried at Hoxne
    relics moved to Beodricsworth (modern Saint Edmundsbury) in the 10th century

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    against plague
    East Anglia, England, diocese of
    kings
    torture victims
    wolves



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