O God of ineffable mercy, who didst give grace and fortitude to blessed Edmund the king to triumph over the enemy of his people by nobly dying for thy Name: Bestow on us thy servants, we beseech thee, the shield of faith, wherewith we may withstand the assaults of our ancient enemy; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Today is the feast day of St Edmund, king of East Anglia, who was decapitated by Vikings in 869. The Vikings hid his head in a wood but God sent a wolf to guard it. When Edmund's followers came to find him, his head called out to them (@BLMedieval Yates Thompson MS 47, f. 54r). pic.twitter.com/XbTffiwy7F
— Calum Cockburn (@CCockburn2) November 20, 2020