Saturday, 18 May 2024

Essex Voice Says Happy St. Cedd’s Day!


Essex Voice Says Happy St. Cedd’s Day!
MANY ENGLISH COUNTIES have just one patron saint. For instance, Sussex celebrates St Richard’s Day on 16th June, Yorkshire celebrates Saint Robert’s Day on 7th June, Suffolk celebrates St. Edmund’s Day on 20th November and the green, white and black flag of Devon is dedicated to Saint Petroc.
Essex, on the other hand, has nearly 20 saints. However, the most prominent is Saint Cedd, with the feast of St. Cedd falling on 26th October.

Born in the kingdom of Northumbria in about 620 AD, his mission was to convert the East Saxons to Christianity. (For those who don’t know, Essex is named after the East Saxons). Cedd founded many churches and monasteries. He later became Bishop of London – which was the East Saxon capital – and died on 26th October, 664 AD. He is buried in a shrine inside the church of the monastery at Lastingham, Northumbria.

Saint Cedd was replaced by Bishop Jaruman – sometimes spelt Jarumann – who soon restored Christianity to Essex (as many East Saxons had reverted to paganism).

The National Liberal Party and Essex Voice (EV) hopes that folks in Essex will celebrate St. Cedd’s Day in style. As issue 1 of EV noted, it’s time to promote a positive identity and vision for Essex. And it’s time to fight the strange form of Essexphobia – where the establishment seems to portray any pride in Essex and the people of Essex in a wholly negative and derogatory manner. With this in mind, we’d ask all readers to viral out this article and e-poster via all forms of social media. Let everyone know that 26th October is our day!
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