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Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 14 May 2008 3:11 pm


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"Wulfstan was born in Long Itchington, Warwickshire, in 1008 AD. He became a monk, and eventually the Bishop of Worcester. The only Saxon bishop to survive the Norman Conquest, he was renowned for his preaching, the simplicity of his life, his accessibility, his work for peace and justice. He was officially declared a Saint in 1203 AD.................."

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"The simplicity, earnestness, and incessant labour of Wulfstan's pastoral life, says William of Malmesbury, are borne out by all the chroniclers. On his Episcopal manors, he built no halls or "dining chambers," giving his whole attention to more important matters and, even in the churches which he built, he disapproved of rich and elaborate ornamentation. The church and monastery of St. Oswald at Worcester proved too small for the increasing number of monks. So Wulfstan pulled them down and laid the foundations of the existing cathedral. He lived, apparently, to complete much of his work; but all that now remains of his cathedral is the crypt......................"

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"Wulfstan was born about 1008 at Long Itchington in the English county of Warwickshire.[1] He was probably named after his uncle, Wulfstan II, Archbishop of York. Through his uncle's influence, he studied at monasteries in Evesham and Peterborough, before becoming a clerk at Worcester. During this time, his superiors, noting his reputation for dedication and chastity, urged him to join the priesthood. Wulfstan was ordained shortly thereafter, in 1038, and soon joined a monastery of Benedictines at Worcester.
Wulfstan served as treasurer and then prior of Worcester.[2] Considering how well financially and spiritually the monastery did under his care, Wulfstan was consecrated Bishop of Worcester on September 8, 1062.[3] Something of a social reformer, Wulfstan struggled to bridge the gap between the old and new regimes, and to alleviate the suffering of the poor. After the Norman conquest of England, Wulfstan was the only bishop allowed to keep his old post by William I of England, noting that pastoral care of his diocese was Wulfstan's principal interest.
In 1072 he signed the Accord of Winchester. In 1075, Wulfstan and the Worcestershire levy put down the rebellion known as 'The Bridal of Norwich' of Ralph de Guader, Earl of Norfolk, Roger de Breteuil, 2nd Earl of Hereford and the Saxon Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, against William the Conqueror.
He is responsible for the founding of Great Malvern Priory, and undertook much large scale rebuilding work including Worcester Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, and many other churches in the Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester areas.
Wulfstan died in January of 1095,[3] allegedly while engaged in his daily ritual of washing the feet of a dozen poor men. After his death, he had an altar dedicated to him in Great Malvern Priory alongside Cantilupe of Hereford and King Edward the Confessor.
At Easter of 1158, Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine visited Worcester Cathedral and placed their crowns on the shrine of Wulfstan, vowing not to wear them again.
Wulfstan was canonized on May 14, 1203 by Pope Innocent III.[2] One of the miracles attributed to Wulfstan was the curing of King Harold's daughter.
"He ended the slave-trade practised by merchants in Bristol, helped to compile the Domesday Book, and may have written part of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. He was canonized in 1203. Feast day 19 January............."

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"He was known to have performed many miracles, which included the tale of a workman who fell 40 feet from the roof of the Cathedral.
Wulstan, standing nearby, made a holy gesture as the man was tumbling, and instead of crashing to his death, the man stood up unhurt, blessing the Bishop.
He cured a monk named Eigelric, who lay dying from a fever and who desired the Bishop's absolution.
Wulstan prayed at the monk's bedside and gave a blessing.
Suddenly, "all the pains and weakness of the sufferer fled and health abounded to drive out the disease."
He cured Gunnilda, daughter of King Harold, whose eyesight had been attacked by a malignant tumour.
Wulstan made the sign of the cross before her eyes and "straightaway she was able to… receive the light of day."
A shrewd politician and financier, he was the only Anglo-Saxon Bishop to keep his job after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
When asked to resign by Archbishop Lanfranc, he gave up his Bishop's staff by pushing it into the actual stonework of the tomb of Edward the Confessor.
No-one could remove it except Wulstan, and this miracle allowed him to keep his job.
Patron saint
St Wulstan is the Patron Saint of Vegetarians. Having been distracted one day from his devotions by the smell of roast goose being prepared for his dinner, Wulstan immediately decided to give up all meat for the rest of his life.
Wulstan lived to a ripe old age and died in 1095 on 19 January, that date is recognised by the church as his feast day when his life, good works and miracles are remembered.
Wulstan was canonised in 1203, and while the medieval hospital at The Commandery already existed, it was renamed in Wulstan's honour."
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Wanted - a new patron saint for England.

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 18 Oct 2008 1:20 pm

Wanted - a new patron saint for England.

"...........................So I would like to suggest that England should have a new patron saint, and as it happens I know exactly the right saint for the job. His name is St Wulfstan. He was born in a village called Long Itchington, which is about 35 miles from Birmingham, exactly 1000 years ago in 1008. He studied in monasteries, and became a priest and in 1062 became the bishop of Worcester. Four years later, in 1066, one of the most important events in England’s history occurred. William of Normandy, known as William the Conqueror, conquered England and became king. His armies killed, or drove out or replaced all the important English people of the country – the nobles, and senior people in government and the church – and replaced them with French-speaking people from Normandy. All except Wulfstan. After a few years, he was the only English person in a senior position in the country. How did he survive? Why did William not replace him? We know that Wulfstan was respected because of his simple and holy lifestyle. For instance, he fasted for three days every week, and on the remaining days ate only bread, vegetables and fruit. But he was also a very capable administrator. He built numerous new churches. He helped to compile the great Domesday Book which recorded details of everything in William’s new kingdom – every town and village, every mill, every wood. He tried to help the poor and to protect people who had lost their homes and their lands to the Norman conquerors, but he also opposed rebellion against the new rulers of the country. He was deeply concerned about the trade in slaves between Ireland and the port of Bristol, and tried to persuade the king to prohibit it.

The story of St Wulfstan is not, I agree, as romantic as the story of St George. St George suffered a martyrs death; Wulfstan died peacefully at the age of 89. But Wulfstan would have these advantages as patron saint of England:

1. He definitely existed

2. He was English.

3. He freed slaves, which is better than killing dragons.

4. He is the patron saint of vegetarians, which is very appropriate, because there are more vegetarians in England than in any other country in Europe.

5. He is not the patron saint of anywhere else, so he would have time to be a proper patron saint of England.

What do you think? If you go to the website, you will find a poll where you can vote for either George or Wulfstan."
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