Celtic St. Frithbert of Hexham 23 December 2016


The seven canonised Saxon bishops of Hexham (part 2), former reredos, Hexham Abbey. The four bishops in this image are (from the left): John of Beverley, Acca (see 646915), Frithbert and Cuthbert.

St. Frithbert of Hexham Bishop

Memorial 23rd December

(also known as Fridebert, Frithubeorht)

Died 766. Frithbert succeeded Saint Acca as bishop of Hexham, which he
governed for 34 years, and, in the interim, he also administered
Lindisfarne while its bishop, Cynewulf, was in prison. His relics were
discovered at Hexham in 1154 (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Farmer).

Saint Frithbert was consecrated Bishop of Hexham on September 8, 734, by
Archbishop Egbert. During the imprisonment of Cynewulf, Bishop of
Lindisfarne, Frithbert had charge of that see. He was Bishop of Hexham
thirty-two years, and died December 23, 766.

In 1154, when the bones of various saints of Hexham were translated,
Frithbert’s were found with an inscription on the coffer. One of his teeth
was preserved at Durham.

Source: G. Miles, The Bishops of Lindisfarne, Hexham, Chester-le-Street, and
Durham A.D. 635 – 1020 Being an Introduction to the Ecclesiastical History
of Northumbria (London, 1898,) 271.


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