Saint of the Day ~ October 13

SAINT EDWARD the CONFESSOR (c.1003-1066), holy man – Patron saint of difficult marriages and separated spouses

Today, the Church honors Saint Edward the Confessor, who was called to the throne of England and sought to put into practice the Christian ideals of a holy and just ruler.

Edward was born about the year 1003, the son of royalty. He grew up in exile in Normandy from the age of ten when the Danes gained control of England, and the early experience of this loss, coupled with his earnest religious piety, caused him to renounce worldly ambitions and devote his life to being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

Upon the death of the Danish king in 1042, Edward was chosen king of England by acclamation, which he accepted dutifully. His saintly bearing made him a popular sovereign, for he gained the reputation as a just king, and the people of England supported him.

During his reign as king, Edward repulsed invasions, helped restore the king of Scotland to his throne, remitted unjust taxes, and was noted for his generosity to the poor and strangers. Known also for his piety and love of God, Edward had taken a vow of celibacy. However, he agreed to marry in order to satisfy the desires of his people, and he and his queen lived a celibate lifestyle as brother and sister.

Unable to fulfill a vow to embark on a pilgrimage to Saint Peter’s tomb in Rome without leaving his subjects vulnerable to attack, he fulfilled his vow to God by the rebuilding of Saint Peter’s Abbey in Westminster. King Edward died on January 5, 1066, one week after its dedication.

After his death, many miracles were credited to Edward’s intercession. This lead to his canonization as a saint in 1161 by Pope Alexander III. Saint Edward was called “The Confessor” to distinguish him from his uncle, who was known as Saint Edward “the Martyr”.  

Saint Edward the Confessor’s remains are interred in a magnificent shrine behind the high altar of Westminster Abbey, and were found to be incorrupt in 1163 by St. Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

We commemorate his feastday on October 13.

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(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Holy Men)

“All-powerful God, help us who celebrate the memory of Saint Edward the Confessor to imitate his way of life. May the example of Your saints be our challenge to live holier lives.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

2 thoughts on “Saint of the Day ~ October 13

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