Icon of St. Edward the Passion-bearer of England - 20th c. (1ED01)

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St. Edward the Passion-bearer and King of England (+March 18, 978/979)

Commemorated March 18

King Edward “was a young man of great devotion and excellent conduct. He was completely Orthodox, good and of holy life. Moreover, he loved God and the Church above all things. He was generous to the poor, a haven to the good, a champion of the Faith of Christ, a vessel full of every virtuous grace.”

The holy and right-believing King Edward succeeded his father Edgar of England as King of England in 975. However, he was murdered after only a few years. The murder was attributed to “irreligious” opponents.   

Also known as Edward the Martyr, King Edward the Martyr, King of England the Passion-Bearer