November 19 – Saint Ebbe of Minister-in Thannet: Accused of Witchcraft

Saint Ebbe of Minister-in Thannet, Accused of Witchcraft (Feast Date: November 16)

Extract from Saint Ebbe of Minister-in Thannet: “In 664, Ebbe’s cousin Egbert ascended to the throne of Kent. Worried about claims to the crown by Ethelred and Ethelbert, Egbert had them murdered. He later repented of the crime, and offered Queen Ebbe compensation for the loss (weregild). Ebbe chose a gift of as much land as her tame doe could run around in one course; the king agreed, and the Isle of Thanet was chosen as the site. The king’s advisor, Thunor, who had recommended the murders, accused Ebbe of witchcraft, mounted his horse, and set off in pursuit of the doe; the earth promptly opened and swallowed him. The doe circled a large plot of land, which became the site of the monastery of Minster, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin; today the area is known as Ebbsfleet in memory of Ebbe. On the death of King Merewalh in 673, Ebbe entered the convent as its first abbess.”


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Ebbe of Minister-in_Thannet on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Witch Hunts in India (Ongoing) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 2 – August 15, 2010.

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