St Cedd

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 18:15

St Cedd

St Cedd

St. Cedd was born in 620 into a noble Northumbrian family, the eldest of four brothers. Together with his brothers he entered the school at Lindisfarne Priory where they studied under Bishop Aidan. They continued their education in Ireland and subsequently they were all ordained as priests.

In 653 Cedd was sent by Bishop Finan of Lindisfarne to tend to the spiritual needs of the people of Essex and he came down from Lindisfarne by sea and came ashore at Bradwell-on-Sea where he built his Cathedral of St Peters on the foundations of a Roman fort, where the gatehouse of the fort had been so it became known as St Peter-on-the-Wall.

After he had been consecrated Bishop of Essex by Bishop Finan, Cedd reinstated St Paul’s in London as his main seat in the diocese. He ordained priests and deacons to assist him and gathered a large number of followers of Christ in his two monasteries.

Bishop Cedd frequently visited his homeland in the north and on one such occasion in 658, Cedd was introduced to King Ethelwald who granted him a plot of land at Lastingham, Yorkshire in order to build a monastery. Cedd was the first Abbott of Lastingham and remained so while continuing his duties in Essex.

In 664 he was at Lastingham where both he and his brother, Cynebil, were stricken by the plague and after placing Lastingham in the charge of their youngest brother, Chad, they died. About thirty monks from Bradwell attended Cedd’s funeral and, sadly, they too caught it and only one young boy survived and returned to Bradwell. A small stone church was built at Lastingham in honour of the Virgin Mary and Cedd’s body was interred there, to the right of the altar. The latter remains intact in the Norman crypt that was later built on the site although St Cedd’s bones were removed around the same time to the cathedral founded by his brother, Chad, at Lichfield - by Alan Vine

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