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Icons of St. Winifred, abbess

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Icons of St. Winifred of Holywell in Wales, first Virgin, then Martyr, then Abbess

Feast: Nov. 3

Top Icon: by the hand of Aidan Hart, Oecumenical Patriarchate, UK.

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Next Icon: of unknown provenance. From "Orthodox England," website of St. Felix and St. Edmund Orthodox Church (ROCOR), Felixstowe, UK, by gracious permission of Fr. Andrew Phillips.

Bottom Icon: by the hand of Aidan Hart, Oecumenical Patriarchate, UK (it appears that it is the prototype for the icon above it).

Bottom image: The well of St. Winifred at Holywell in Wales. The holy well is still frequented by pilgrims, including Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants, who receive healing to this day from physical maladies by the prayers of the martyr-abbess.


Old English liturgical books give the following Sequence or pre-Gospel chant for the Liturgy on the feast of St. Winifred:  

Virgo Vernans

A virgin flourishing as the rose,
The comely bride of Him Who is the Lamb,
As the precious martyr of Christ,
Hath Winifred richly blossomed. 

Sprung from the stock of Britons,
Unshakable in faith, joyful in hope,
Holy in deeds, and pure of mind,
She was free of this world's deceptions. 

This virgin was slain by Caradoc,
And immediately the pit of Orcus [hell] swallowed him up.
For that is the place for the wicked,
And there with Satan he is burning. 

In demonstrating proof of this happening,
A fountain welleth up at the bidding of God,
In the likeness of crimson reddening,
Where she was deprived of her head. 

There many miracles are performed;
The blind see, and the dumb are given speech,
All manner of disease is put to flight,
When those who ask have faith. 

O Winifred, our glorious lady,
Calm for us the billows of the sea,
Lest we become the ready prey of the enemy,
O compassionate one, afford us thy protection. Amen.

From the Complete Old Sarum Rite Missal, (c) 1998 St. Hilarion Press


 

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Last update: 07/20/2007