FEAST OF THE TRANSLATION OF ST. EDWARD, KING.
[See also March 18.]
THIS transaction took place in the year 980 (982?), when, from an unhallowed grave in Wareham, the young king's body was by Queen Elfrida's order removed to Shaftesbury, and there with due pomp and solemnity laid at rest in a Convent of Benedictine Nuns.
One wicked ambitious woman took away his life, a congregation of devout women honored his remains. Thus recalling a prophecy of our Lord's own most sacred death and entombment: "He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death."
Blessed is that life which imitates Christ's Life, blessed that death which is conformed to His Death. How blessed will be that resurrecction which shall show forth the likeness of His Resurrection!
"He that endureth to the end shall be saved."