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07 February 2020

Feast Day of St Richard the King

Today commemorates a lesser known saint, at least maybe outside of the Celtic / British world:


St Richard the King was an Anglo-Saxon king, also known as Richard of Wessex.  He lived in the 8th century, and he was father to St Willibald, St Winebald, and St Wallburga.  We don't have a lot of information about this saint, but he was apparently very pious and faithful.  He died on a pilgrimage to Rome, and he is buried in the church of San Frediano in Lucca.  Miracles have been reported at his tomb.  St Richard the King pray for us!

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