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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

19th October, St Frideswide, Virgin

St Frideswide, Virgin, Patron Saint of Oxford.

St. Frideswide - or Fritheswith - was born about 665 near Oxford, the daughter of noble parents. She founded a convent at the gates of Oxford - where Christ Church now stands. Aelfgar, prince of Mercia, was determined to marry her for her beauty and her inheritance, but she fled to the forests to avoid his attentions. When she returned to Oxford, Aelfgar beseiged the city, but just at the point of victory he was struck blind. For many years afterwards, she presided as Abbess of a double monastery of both monks and nuns. Some say that the origins of the University of Oxford lie in the school she established there. She was well known in her lifetime for effecting miraculous cures, and a well at Binsey - where she latterly retired as a hermitess - became known as a place of healing. She died at Binsey on19th October 735, and was buried in her monastery.

Dilexisti justitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: properea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:8,2 from the Introit of Mass)

Exáudi nos, Deus, salutáris noster: ut, sicut de beátae Frideswidae Vírginis tuae festivitáte gaudémus; ita piae devotiónis erudiámur afféctu.
Hear us, O God our Saviour; that as we rejoice in the festivity of blessed Frideswide Thy virgin, so we may be instructed in the affection of pious devotion.

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