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Mildgyth

Saint Mildgyth
Abbess
Born Unknown
Died 676
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast 17 January

Saint Mildgyth (or Mildgytha) (Old English: Mildgȳð) (died 676) was the youngest daughter of Merewalh, king of Mercia and Saint Eormenburh.[1] She was the youngest sister of Saint Mildburh of Wenlock and Saint Mildrith.[2] The three sisters have been likened to the three theological virtues: Mildburh to faith, Mildgyth to hope, and Mildrith to charity.[3]

She was a Benedictine nun and later abbess of a Northumbrian convent. All that is known of St Mildgytha was that she was a nun and that “miraculous powers were often exhibited” at her tomb in Northumbria.[4] She seems to have died long before her sisters, while still quite young, which may account for so little mention being made of her.[3]

Her feast day is 17 January.

References

  1. ^ Farmer, David Hugh. (1978). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ , Vol. I, John Grant, Edinburgh, 1914Lives of the SaintsBaring-Gould, S., "S. Mildgytha V.",
  3. ^ a b Virgin Saints of the Benedictine OrderO.S.B., "St. Mildred and Her Kinsfolk",
  4. ^ "St. Milburga", Diocese of Shrewsbury


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