Saint Edward the Confessor (1066)

Saint Edward the Confessor, known as Good King Edward, was raised to the throne of England when he was forty years old, on Easter Sunday in 1042. To satisfy his nobles and his people, and so that England might have a queen, he married a noblewoman named Edith, but he lived with her as a brother with a sister because he had already vowed himself to the Blessed Virgin in chastity. He had a great devotion to the poor, especially to beggars and to lepers. God gave him the power of working miracles to heal diseases. During his twenty-four years as king, England prospered as almost never before. Saint Edward rebuilt all the ruined churches he could find. His greatest and noblest work by way of restoring a church was Westminster Abbey, which it took him nearly sixteen years to construct. It was completed just before he died. His saintly body was buried in it. It remains there even to this day, unfortunately now in the possession of Anglican heretics. Saint John the Evangelist, to whom Saint Edward had a great devotion, came to escort him to Heaven when he died.

Saint Edward the Confessor (source)

Saint Edward the Confessor (source)