Posted by: anna | September 4, 2009

Ven Sigfrid of Wearmouth

We commemorate two saints today: Venerable Sigfrid, abbot of Wearmouth (688 and St. Symphorian of Autun (2nd-3rd c.)

Venerable Sigfrid, abbot of Wearmouth

David Farmer notes: ‘Nothing is known of his origins or early life, but in 686, while still a deacon, he was chosen to succeed Eosterwine, the first abbot of Wearmouth appointed by the founder Benedict Biscop to rule the community in his absence. Sigfrid was notable for his knowledge of Scripture, his temperance, and obedience. Unfortunately he also had a weak constitution and died of a lung disease after Benedict’s return in 686, on 22 August , 688. Bede is the authority for this date: a cult at Wearmouth and Jarrow is certain, following Ceolfrith’s translation of his relics.’

“Sigfrid (1)” The Oxford Dictionary of Saints. David Hugh Farmer. Oxford University Press 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. University of Oxford. 3 September 2009

Not to be confused with St Sigfrid of Sweden, an English Benedictine missionary to Scandinavia in the 11th century, whose feast falls on 15 February.

There is a good history of the monastery at Wearmouth in the Victoria County History, which (HOO-RA!) is gradually being made available online.

St. Symphorian of Autun (2nd-3rd c.)

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints: ‘Symphorian was martyred at Autun c.200 for refusing to honour the pagan gods, notably Cybele, of whom there was a notable shrine. He was beheaded and buried in a cave, over which Euphronius, bishop of Autun, built a church in the 5th century. The village and church of Veryan (Cornwall) take their name from this martyr.’ The ODS is notably sparing with its details – other stories mention that he was the son of a Roman senator, Faustus, and was martyred in the presence of his mother Augusta, who encouraged him with the words ‘Do not be afraid, Symphorian. Your death will lead straight to eternal life. Life will not be taken from you, only changed.’

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Holy Father Sigfrid and St Symphorian, pray to God for us.
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