St. Cedd, Enlightener of Essex
A disciple of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, St. Cedd was the brother of St.
Chad, Cynebill, and Cælin, all of
whom became monks. Cedd, whom Peada of
Mercia invited to preach among the Middle Angles, was ordained in 653. A
year later, the priest was sent as a missionary to Essex, when the East
Anglian king Sigbert converted to Christianity. Finan of Lindisfarne made
Cedd bishop because of his success. Cedd founded several monasteries,
including Tilbury and Lastingham. In 664, Cedd was an interpreter at the
Synod of Whitby and accepted Oswiu's adoption of Roman usage. Cedd died
that year at Lastingham of the plague.
Karen Rae Keck
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