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Saint of the Day May 19: St. Dunstan of Canterbury

May 19th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:


St. Dunstan of Canterbury

Feast Day: May 19


Central portion of a 19th century stained glass window in Bath Abbey depicting King Edgar of England being crowned by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury. Edgar was crowned by Dunstan at Bath, and the service, devised by Dunstan himself, forms the basis of the present-day British coronation ceremony. (Wikimedia Commons)

This abbot of Glastonbury and archbishop of Canterbury was influential in politics as well as the church. He fled at least twice from enemies in the English court, spending time in Monastic solitude. As abbot he instituted the Benedictine rule at Glastonbury and acted as a trusted advisor to King Edmund of Wessex. Dunstan’s influence spread beyond monastic and court circles after he became archbishop. He insisted on the observance of marriage laws as well as those of fasting and abstinence.

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