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ST MARGARET, QUEEN OF SCOTS

17 May
ST MARGARET, QUEEN OF SCOTS

ST MARGARET, QUEEN AND WIDOW; FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 16

Margaret, of the English royal family, was born in Hungary. She exercised the greatest piety throughout her childhood and went to England with her father, who had been summoned to his royal home by her uncle, the holy King Edward.

Later she married Malcolm III of Scotland at the urging of his mother. Because of her holiness and works of mercy, she was a blessing to the whole kingdom for thirty years. She practised great austerity of life and had a burning love of neighbour, especially of the needy. She exhausted her treasury more than once feeding them.

After bearing bitter suffering and a prolonged illness with great patience, she died on the sixteenth of the Calends of November. At the moment of death, her pale, worn face flushed with unusual beauty. Clement X chose her as patroness of Scotland, and she is honoured with great devotion everywhere on earth.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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