The Life of Bishop Wilfrid by Eddius Stephanus

By Eddius Stephanus

The lifetime of Wilfrid deals us a photograph portrait of 1 of the main forceful characters within the background of the English Church: a guy brave and lively but while litigious, ostentatious and overbearing, his existence punctuated by means of stressed travels and the main violent quarrels. Of noble delivery, Wilfrid (c.634-709) received his first event of monastic existence as a boy at Lindisfarne. Thereafter we discover him at a variety of instances, crossing Gaul, staying in Lyons, vacationing Rome, again in England at York, Ripon or Hexham, preaching to heathens in Sussex or Frisia, quarrelling with kings and bishops, imprisoned in Northumbria, back in Rome looking papal help for his claims, founding monasteries within the Midlands and eventually, in his previous age, reconciled to these with whom he had previous quarrelled so bitterly. Partisan yet hugely exact, the existence used to be most likely written inside of a decade of the saint's dying. it's a outstanding account of a robust character who aroused affection and dislike in virtually equivalent proportions.

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CHAPTER VII How he was welcomed by King Alhfrith. ] At that time, St Wilfrid the confessor, after his father the bishop had been buried with due honour, embarked on a vessel with many blessings and with the aid of the holy relics, and when the wind blew as the sailors wished, they made a prosperous voyage towards their own land, to a harbour of safety. When Alhfrith, who was reigning with his father Oswiu, heard that so worthy a servant of God had come from the Apostolic See with his companions, preaching the 16 THE LIFE OF BISHOP WILFRID venisse et verum pascha praedicantem et sancti Petri apostoli ecclesiae disciplinam multiplicem didicisse, quam maxime rex diligebat, suadente sibi fideli amico Coenowalcho1 Occidentalium Saxonum rege; et ideo ad se venire iussit.

Tune vero unus ex sodalibus pontificis nostri lapidem ab omni populo Dei benedictum1 more Davidico de funda emittens, fronte perforata2 usque ad cerebrum magi exprobrantis illisit; quern, retrorsum exanimato cadavere cadente, sicut Goliad in harenosis locis mors incerta praevenit. Ad bellum ergo se praeparantes pagani, aciem frustra in populum Dei direxerunt. Dominus enim pro paucis pugnavit; sicut iam Gedeon Domini iussu cum ccc viris3 bellatorum4 Madianitum exx milia uno impetu occidit, ita et isti sodales sancti pontificis5 nostri bene armati, viriles animo, pauci numero—erant enim exx viri in numero Mosaicae6 aetatis—inito consilio et pacto, ut nullus ab alio in fugam terga verteret, sed aut mortem cum laude aut vitam cum triumpho, quod Deo utrumque facile est, habere mererentur7.

For as Moses built an earthly tabernacle made with hands, of divers varied colours according to the pattern shown by God in the mount, to stir up the faith of the people of Israel for the worship of God, so the blessed Bishop Wilfrid wondrously adorned the bridal chamber of the true Bridegroom and Bride with gold and silver and varied purples, in the sight of the multitudes who believed in their hearts and made confession 36 THE LIFE OF BISHOP WILFRID Nam Inhrypis basilicam polito lapide a fundamentis in terra usque ad summum aedificatam, variis columnis et porticibus suffultam, in altum erexit et consummavit.

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