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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    Dec 24, 2013
      Celtic and Old English Saints 23 December

      * St. Frithbert of Hexham
      * St. Mazota of Abernethy

      St. Frithbert of Hexham, Bishop
      (also known as Fridebert, Frithubeorht)
      Died 766. Frithbert succeeded Saint Acca as bishop of Hexham, which he
      governed for 34 years, and, in the interim, he also administered
      Lindisfarne while its bishop, Cynewulf, was in prison. His relics were
      discovered at Hexham in 1154 (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Farmer).

      Saint Frithbert was consecrated Bishop of Hexham on September 8, 734, by
      Archbishop Egbert. During the imprisonment of Cynewulf, Bishop of
      Lindisfarne, Frithbert had charge of that see. He was Bishop of Hexham
      thirty-two years, and died December 23, 766.

      In 1154, when the bones of various saints of Hexham were translated,
      Frithbert's were found with an inscription on the coffer. One of his teeth
      was preserved at Durham.

      Source: G. Miles, The Bishops of Lindisfarne, Hexham, Chester-le-Street, and
      Durham A.D. 635 - 1020 Being an Introduction to the Ecclesiastical History
      of Northumbria (London, 1898,) 271.


      The death of St Frithbert is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle:

      A.D. 766 . This year died Archbishop Egbert at York, on the thirteenth day
      before the calends of December, who was bishop thirty-six winters; and
      Frithbert at Hexham, who was bishop there thirty-four winters. Ethelbert was
      consecrated to York, and Elmund to Hexham.

      A photograph showing the seven canonised Saxon bishops of Hexham on the
      former reredos, Hexham Abbey which features St Frithbert can be seen here:


      St. Mazota of Abernethy, Virgin
      8th century. Mazota was one of a band of 19 maidens who migrated from
      Ireland to Scotland to found the convent at Abernathy on the Tay. Mazota
      seems to have been their leader (Benedictines).

      These Lives are archived at:
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