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St. Cuthbert

Saint Cuthbert

Bishop & Confessor

Cuthbert was born in Northumbria around the year 635, and spent his early life as a shepherd near Melrose Abbey in what is now Scotland. One night, Cuthbert witnessed the soul of the abbey’s founder, St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, carried up to heaven by angels. Inspired to a vocation, Cuthbert joined the monastery, led by St. Eata, and studied Scripture under St. Boisil, also known as St. Boswell. Cuthbert succeeded Boisil as the monastery’s prior, then later became prior of Lindisfarne, where he strove patiently to introduce newly obligatory Roman customs in place of Celtic practices. After some years of retirement as a hermit, Cuthbert was made bishop of Lindisfarne, an office he accepted only with deep reluctance. Within two years, Cuthbert resigned to prepare for his death, which came on March 20th in the year of Our Lord 687. Known as the “Wonderworker of England” for his many miracles before and after death, Cuthbert was possibly the most popular saint in England until the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket.

 

Traditional Roman Martyrology for March 20th

IN Judea, St. Joachim, father of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, whose festival is kept on the 16th of August.

In Asia, the birthday of St. Archippus, fellow-laborer of the blessed apostle Paul, who mentions him in his epistles to Philemon, and to the Colossians.

In Syria, the holy martyrs Paul, Cyril, Eugenius, and four others.

The same day, the Saints Photina, a Samaritan, and her sons Joseph and Victor; also, Sebastian, military officer, Anatolius, and Photius; Photides, Parasceves and Cyriaca, sisters, who were all martyred for confessing Christ.

At Amisus, in Paphlagonia, seven holy women, Alexandra, Claudia, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliana, Euphemia, and Theodosia, who were put to death for the confession of the faith. They were followed by Derphuta and her sister.

At Apollonia, the bishop St. Nicetas, who breathed his last in exile, where he had been sent for upholding the worship of holy images.

In the monastery of Fontanelle, St. Wulfran, bishop of Sens, who after having resigned his bishopric and performed miracles, departed out of this life.

In England, the demise of St. Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, who from his childhood to his death was renowned for good works and miracles.

At Siena, in Tuscany, blessed Ambrose of the Order of Preachers, celebrated for sanctity, eloquence, and miracles.

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

℟. Thanks be to God.

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