Three Mercian Saints

st_kyneburga_church_castor_geograph_2446344Saint Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor, Cambridgeshire

 

Today is the feast of Saints Kyneburga, her sister Kyneswide and their relative Tibba – the patron saint of falconers.  It is said that Ireland was the land of saints and scholars – but there was also a time when England too was full of saints. I once started a project counting all the place-names derived from Our Lady  – and gave up.

Recently His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols dedicated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – for this country was once known as Mary’s dowry. And in a time when a Catholic politician is slated for wearing ashes on her forehead in public, let’s hope that goodwill and lovingkindness – of which Our Lady is the exemplar –  win the day.

 

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Our Lady of Westminster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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