On the 6th Day of Christmas…

On the 6th Day of Christmas we remember
St. Egwin of Evesham (sometimes of Worcester).
Never heard of him? Yeah, me neither. Hang in there because even though this was 1300 years ago, there’s lots of info. Ready? Here we go! (TL;DR at the bottom)

Egwin (Old English names are weird) was somehow related to the Kings of Mercia (no one is really sure how but maybe a nephew of King Æthelred). He was a Benedictine monk and then Bishop of Worcester. He founded the Evesham Abbey (hence the names). He traveled to Rome on more than one occasion. Egwin also participated in the Council of Clovesho (716), which saw the issue of the Law of Wihtred from King Wihtred (ah, kings), that focused on the rights of the Church, including punishments for irregular marriages and paganism.

He’s remembered as a protector of orphans and widows and a fair judge, which people loved him for. He was also a defender of morality, namely Christian marriage and the celibacy of the clergy, which got some people’s panties in a bunch (yes, I meant to do that. When you have an obscure Saint that no one knows anything about, ya gotta make it interesting.)

There’s a few miraculous stories about his trips to Rome.

One is that he shackled himself and tossed the keys in the River Avon when the journey started. Once in Rome, a servant produced the same keys that were in the mouth or cut from a giant fish was caught in the Tiber River. He was released from his bonds.

On another trip, they had run out of water and were parched. Egwin prayed and a stream of water flowed from a stone.

St. Egwin died in the Abbey on December 30th, 717. After his burial many miracles were said to be done. The blind could see, the deaf could hear, the sick were healed.
The Abbey went through a major renovation in 1077 funding mainly by donations given during a tour of his relics. During this tour there were many more healing miracles performed in Dover, Oxford, Winchester and others.

TL;DR- Egwin, Royal, Bishop, and Benedictine monk, founded the Abbey at Evesham. He was fair, a protector of women and children, and a defender of morality and chastity. Shown as a Bishop holding a fish with keys in its mouth.

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