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Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland

November 16 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Born in Hungary Margaret of Wessex was an English princess, the child of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the English Prince Edward the Exile. When Margaret was 10, her family returned to England as her father was called back as a potential successor to the throne. Edward died soon after the family reached England.

In 1066, the family fled after William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings. Leaving north for Northumbria on the continent, the family’s voyage was caught in a storm and shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. Taken in by the king of Scotland, Malcom Canmore III, Princess Margaret and he soon fell in love. They were wed in 1070.

Their children – two daughters and six sons – were raised as devout Catholics. Margaret’s deep faith heavily influenced the way her husband continued to rule. He became a virtuous King of Scotland as his temper softened. Along with Margaret, he prayed, fed the hungry, and demonstrated to his people how to live a life of faith. Margaret soon became in charge of domestic affairs.

Margaret worked hard to promote the importance of arts and education in Scotland. At the same time, she sought to correct the corruption of many Bishops, priests, and laypeople in Scotland during that time.

Her Book of Gospels, which was decorated in gold by her husband, is housed at Oxford’s Bodleian Library after miraculously being found in a river.

During the 1093 Battle of Alnwick, King Malcom and their eldest son were killed. Margaret, who was already weakened from years of fasting, died four days later.

St. Margaret of Scotland Prayer

Loving god,

You call your people to holiness and create among them models of kindness. We thank you for the life

of St. Margaret of Scotland:

a woman of leadership and hope in a confusing world;

a wife and mother excelling in patience, dedication and love;

a teacher supported and inspired by a life of learning;

a generous friend and a loyal servant to the poor and helpless;

a model of Christian faith and constant prayerfulness.

As we build our faith, help us to grow rich in the values of St. Margaret:

The faith hope and love might inspire

our presence in the city and neighborhood,

our relationships with family and friends,

our concern for the education of the young,

our care for the poor and the weak,

our community’s prayer in word and sacrament.

Bless our parish and our school;

Let it be for us a community of love and sharing, and a source of life and grace;

Let it be a witness to our neighbors of your life, your presence and your love.

Through Christ, Our Lord,



November 16
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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