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Queen St. Margaret of Scotland

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Saint Margaret of Scotland

Queen & Widow

Margaret was born in Hungary in the mid-eleventh century, the daughter of Prince Edward the Exile and granddaughter of Edmund Ironside, King of the English. Margaret’s great-uncle, King St. Edward the Confessor, summoned Margaret’s father back to England, hoping to leave the crown to his long-lost nephew; but Prince Edward died not long after arriving. When the Norman Conquest began, Margaret’s family fled England, but their ship was wrecked on the coast of Scotland. King Malcolm III, of Shakespearean fame, was struck by Margaret’s piety, intelligence, and beauty, and they wed in the year of Our Lord 1070. The young queen immediately exerted a great and holy influence over her husband and her new country. To Malcolm she bore eight pious children, including the future King St. David I. She and Malcolm often served the poor at table with their own hands, and she founded many churches and monasteries, all the while encouraging greater unity with Rome. “The Pearl of Scotland”, as Margaret was lovingly known, lost her husband and eldest son in battle just four days before her own holy death, in the year of Our Lord 1093. She is celebrated on November 16th in the modern calendar.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for June 10th

IN Scotland, St. Margaret, queen, celebrated for her love of the poor and of voluntary poverty.

At Rome, on the Salarian road, the martyrdom of blessed Getulius, a noble and very learned man, and of his companions Caerealis, Amantius, and Primitivus. By order of the emperor Adrian, they were arrested by the ex-consul Licinius, scourged, thrown into prison, and then delivered to the flames. But as the fire did not injure them, their heads were crushed with clubs, and they thus terminated their martyrdom. Their bodies were taken up by Symphorosa, wife of blessed Getulius, and reverently interred in a sandpit on her own estate.

Also, at Rome, on the Aurelian way, the birthday of the Saints Basilides, Tripos, Mandales, and twenty other martyrs, under the emperor Aurelian, and Plato, governor of the city.

At Nicomedia, St. Zachary, martyr.

At Prusias, in Bithynia, St. Timothy, bishop and martyr, under Julian the Apostate.

In Spain, the holy martyrs Crispulus and Restitutus.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Aresius, Rogatus, and fifteen others.

At Cologne, St. Maurinus, abbot and martyr.

At Petra, in Arabia, St. Asterius, a bishop, who suffered much from the Arians for the Catholic faith. By the emperor Constantius he was banished to Africa, where he died a glorious confessor.

At Naples, in Campania, St. Maximus, bishop and martyr. For having vigorously defended the Nicene Creed, he was sent by the same emperor Constantius into exile, where he died worn out by his trials.

At Auxerre, St. Censurius, bishop.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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