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St. Chad

Saint Chad of Mercia

Bishop & Confessor

Chad, whose brothers were also saintly clerics, was born in Northumbria and educated by St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, the Apostle of Northumbria. Chad then departed for Ireland, where he further studied the faith with St. Egbert, a fellow Northumbrian. Upon returning to England, Chad succeeded his brother St. Cedd as an abbot in what is now Yorkshire. When St. Wilfrid, who had been named Bishop of York, was delayed receiving his consecration in France, Chad was improperly made Bishop of York in Wilfrid’s place. St. Theodore, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, arrived on a mission of reform and bade Chad step down in favor of Wilfrid, though Theodore was so impressed by Chad’s humility and obedience that he regularized Chad’s consecration and soon appointed him Bishop of Mercia. The now elderly saint served for a little over two years until his death of a plague in the year of Our Lord 672. He was welcomed into heaven by his brother St. Cedd and a host of angels. During his life St. Chad always prayed fervently during storms, which he considered a reminder of Judgement Day for mankind.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for March 2nd

AT Rome, on the Latin road, the holy martyrs Jovinus and Basileus, who suffered under the emperors Valerian and Gallienus.

Also at Rome, under the emperor Alexander, and the prefect Ulpian, many holy martyrs, who were a long time tortured, and then condemned to capital punishment.

At Porto, the holy martyrs Paul, Heraclius, Secundilla, and Januaria.

At Caesarea, in Cappadocia, the holy martyrs Lucius, bishop, Absalon, and Lorgius.

In Campania, the commemoration of eighty holy martyrs, who were barbarously killed by the Lombards, because they would not eat meat which had been offered to the idols, nor adore a goat’s head.

At Rome, St. Simplicius, pope and confessor.

In England, St. Chad, bishop of Mercia and Lindisfarne, whose brilliant virtues are mentioned by Bede.

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

℟. Thanks be to God.

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