Celtic Saint of the Day 4th July

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St. Odo the Good, Bishop of Canterbury

Born in East Anglia; died 959; feast day in Canterbury formerly on June 2. Born of Danish parents in England, Odo became bishop of Ramsbury (Wessex). He was with King Athelstand when the king defeated the Danes, Scots, and Northumbrians at the Battle of Brunanburh in 937.

In 942, he became archbishop of Canterbury. He tried to escape consecration by declaring that, unlike previous archbishops, he was not a monk. He only consented to accept the dignity after he had received the monastic habit from the hands of the abbot of Fleury-sur-Loire in France.

Odo played an active role in secular as well as ecclesiastical affairs during the reigns of Kings Edmund and Edgar and paved the way for monastic restoration under SS. Dunstan, Oswald (Odo’s nephew), and Ethelwold. He is reputed to have performed several miracles (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopaedia).


Other Lives

Odo of Canterbury

Our father among the saints Odo of Canterbury, also Oda the Good and Oda the Severe, was the Archbishop of Canterbury from about 941 until his repose in 959. He was noted for his fairness and deep concern for the welfare of the people. He took part in the formulation of legislation of Kings Edmund and Edgar the Peaceful and blessed the monastic reforms of St. Dunstan at Glastonbury, that promoted the revival of monasticism in England. His feast day is June 2.[..]

Source: Odo of Canterbury – OrthodoxWiki. 2016. Odo of Canterbury – OrthodoxWiki. [ONLINE] Available at:https://orthodoxwiki.org/Odo_of_Canterbury. [Accessed 04 July 2016].

 

Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume VII: July.
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

July 4
St. Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor

HE was born in the province of the East-Angles of noble Danish parents, who about the year 870, had accompanied Inguar and Hubba in their barbarous expedition, and had acquired a peaceable plentiful settlement in that part of England…[..]

Source: Saint Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor. July 4. Rev. Alban Butler. 1866. Volume VII: July. The Lives of the Saints. 2016. Saint Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor. July 4. Rev. Alban Butler. 1866. Volume VII: July. The Lives of the Saints. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.bartleby.com/210/7/042.html. [Accessed 04 July 2016].

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