Edward, called the Confessor, nephew of St. Edward the King and Martyr, was the last of the Saxon kings. When he was ten years old, the Danes who were devastating England sought to kill him. He was forced to go into exile at the court of his uncle, the duke of Normandy. The innocence of Edwards life was the admiration of all. With the destruction of the tyrants who had killed his brothers and usurped their kingdom, he was called back to his own country, where he devoted himself to wiping out all traces of the enemys occupation. He began with the restoration of the churches.
Famous for the gift of prophecy, he foresaw in a heavenly way a great deal about the future state of England. He was wonderfully devoted to John the Evangelist and, on the day which the Evangelist had predicted to him, January 5, 1066, he died a most holy death. Alexander III enrolled him among the Saints.
Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1660-1661.
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