Ceadwalla governed his states with singular energy and ability during two years, when, touched by divine grace, he resolved to abandon all he had on earth for the everlasting kingdom of Christ. His cherished wish was to receive baptism at the tomb of the Holy Apostles in Rome, and it was his fervent hope that God would call him out of this world while unstained in his baptismal innocence. In both these respects his pious desire was fully satisfied. He was baptised by Pope St Sergius I. on Holy Saturday, and received the name of Peter, Almost immediately afterwards he was seized with the fatal sickness which carried him out of this world, according to his prayer, while he yet wore his white baptismal garment. The Pope ordered him to be buried in St. Peter’s, and a laudatory epitaph to he inscribed on his tomb. When the new Basilica was erected, the relics of St Ceadwalla were translated to the Crypt.
Ton 4 Tropaire à saint Caedwalla, Roi du Wessex, (Natalice en 689 A.D.)
Fils du roi de Wessex, tu agrandis tes terres,*
Sans penser un instant au Royaume des Cieux,*
Mais un jour, étant défait sur l’Île de Wight,*
Tu te convertis au Christ et tu abdiquas.*
Tu revêtis le Christ et tu mourus très vite.*
Saint Caedwella, prie le Seigneur de nous sauver!
Son of the king of Wessex, you increased your territories, *
Without thinking for a moment of the Kingdom of Heaven, *
But one day, being defeated on the Isle of Wight, *
You converted to Christ and abdicated .*
You put on Christ and died very soon after.*
Saint Caedwella, pray to the Lord to save us!