December saints…


St Egwin obtaining the grant of the land from King Æthelred of Mercia, his kinsman, supporter and friend; on this land in 701 Egwin founded Evesham Abbey. The king later abdicated to become a humble monk at another abbey he had deeded and supported.

St Egwin (-717), generation 43 uncle.
Prince of Anglo-Saxon (English) Kingdom of Mercia, founding abbot of Evesham Abbey, bishop of Worcester, England.

Recognized during his lifetime as a miracle-worker, St Egwin  is a patron saint of married couples, protector of orphans and widows, and judges.

chapel altar at Evesham Abbey, founded by St Egwin

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Bl Adelheidis (Adelaide) of Tennenbach (-1273), generation 25 aunt-cousin.
Blessed Adelheidis was born into an aristocratic German family. She became a Benedictine (Cistercian) nun and recluse at Tennenbach Abbey. The Cistericians (Trappists) are a contemplative reform branch of the Benedictine order of monks and nuns. Until recent decades, members of the order were strictly cloistered and took vows of perpetual silence. Historically, some members lived as solitary recluses or hermits, usually within the abbey grounds, but sometimes independently. This practice died out until it was revived by the American Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) who became a hermit in Kentucky.
Blessed Adelheidis was born at Thöningen, Germany; she died of natural causes on December 27, 1273 at Tennenbach Abbey in Germany.

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