About St. Edward the Confessor
FACTS about St. Edward the Confessor
Born: c. 1003-1005 in Winchester Cathedral
Died: January 5, 1066 in London, England
Venerated: Roman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church Anglican Communion
Canonized: February 7, 1161 by Pope Alexander III
Feast Day: October 13
Patronages: Difficult Marriages English Royal Family
Getting to Know St. Edward the Confessor
His reign was a peaceful one characterized by his good rule and remission of odious taxes, but also by the struggle, partly caused by his natural inclination to favor the Normans, between Godwin and his Saxon supporters and the Norman barons, including Robert of Jumieges, whom Edward had brought with him when he returned to England and whom he named Archbishop of Canterbury in 1051.
In the same year, Edward banished Godwin, who took refuge in Flanders but returned the following year with a fleet ready to lead a rebellion. Armed revolt was avoided when the two men met and settled their differences; among them was the Archbishop of Canterbury, which was resolved when Edward replaced Robert with Stigand, and Robert returned to Normandy. St Edward’s reign was generally peaceful but not without difficulties. He created a strong monarchy, abolished many taxes and avoided major conflict through dialogue.St Edward’s legacy included the rewards of careful appointments of Bishops and Archbishops as well as the building of Westminster Abbey, where he is buried.
Edward’s difficulties continued after Godwin’s death in 1053 with Godwin’s two sons: Harold who had his eye on the throne since Edward was childless, and Tostig, Earl of Northumbria. Tostig was driven from Northumbria by a revolt in 1065 and banished to Europe by Edward, who named Harold his successor. After this Edward became more interested in religious affairs and built Saint Peter’s Abbey at Westminster, the site of the present Abbey, where he is buried. His piety gained him the surname “the Confessor.” He died in London on January 5, and he was canonized in 1161 by Pope Alexander III. His feast day is October 13.
Mercifully, grant that we who remember him this day, may be fruitful in good works and attain to the glorious crowns of your saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
May these ideals survive and flourish among us through his prayers.
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.
Like you, may I serve to strengthen the Kingdom of God through patient, prayer and charity.
Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." -Micah 6:8
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I well dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
We pray for all those who suffer from war, injustice and intolerance, for the children, young people, the poor and neglected ones.