Werburga, Abbess of Ely, c.700
3 February

Werburga, the daughter of Wulfhere, king of Mercia, and his wife Ermenilda, is associated with several religious houses. She is said to have been a nun at Ely and to have succeeded her mother as abbess. But she was buried at Hanbury, in Staffordshire, and her body was subsequently translated to Chester, between 907 and 958, in order to protect it from the invading Danes. As a saintly member of the family of Etheldreda, Werburga continued to be honoured at Ely. The shrine was destroyed at the Reformation but the abbey church of St Werburga at Chester became a cathedral in 1541.

If kept as a Lesser Festival, the propers for 23 June may be used.

© copyright 1999 Simon Kershaw simon@kershaw.org.uk.
All rights reserved. Further copyright information. About this site.