Preface of Baptism
[Common of a Martyr]
[Of the Holy Cross]
PRAYER (traditional language)
Merciful God, who didst give
grace and fortitude to Edmund to die nobly for thy Name: Bestow on us thy servants, we
beseech thee, the shield of faith, wherewith we may withstand the assaults
of our ancient enemy; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Merciful God, who gave grace
and fortitude to Edmund to die nobly for your Name: Bestow on us your servants the shield
of faith, with which we can withstand the assaults of our ancient enemy;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018 with revised lessons and collects.
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Last updated: 19 Sept. 2020
EDMUND OF EAST ANGLIA
KING AND MARTYR (20 NOV 870)
Edmund was born about 840, became King of East Anglia in about 855, and
in 870 faced a horde of marauding Danes, who moved through the countryside,
burning churches and slaughtering villages wholesale. On reaching East Anglia,
their leaders confronted Edmund and offered him peace on condition that
he would rule as their vassal and forbid the practice of the Christian faith.
Edmund refused this last condition, fought, and was captured. He was ill-treated
and killed. His burial place is the town of Bury St. Edmunds.
When the heathen Anglo-Saxons invaded Christian Britain in the 400's,
they eventually established seven kingdoms: Essex, Wessex, Sussex (East
Saxons, West Saxons, and South Saxons), Mercia, Northumbria, and East
Anglia (three kingdoms of the Angles), and the Jute kingdom of Kent. (The
borders between these ancient kingdoms are still borders between regions
speaking English with different accents today.) Under the influence of
missionaries from the Celts and from continental Europe, these peoples
became Christian, only to be faced themselves by a wave of heathen invaders.