This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 7 -- St. Osith

St. Osith was a Mercian princess who tried to maintain a chaste life in spite of her marriage to Sighere, king of the East Saxons. She was aided in this by a white stag which raced onto the scene whenever Sighere tried to consummate their marriage. She bore a son (even stags have to sleep sometimes) then secured some land for a nunnery. Eventually pirates killed her because she would not commit idolatry. I don't know why pirates cared about idols, but I guess they must have because they beheaded her. At that moment she revealed herself as a cephalophore (one of my favorite types of saints) by picking up her head and walking three miles to a church where she could be properly buried.

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