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Feastday: October 26
Patron of Essex; Lastingham; interpreters
Birth: 620
Death: 664

Cedd A disciple of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, St. Cedd was the brother of St. Chad, Cynebill, and Cćlin, 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.


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