Celebrating the Feast of St Lewina

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Mysterious Britain and Ireland explains the source of the St Lewina celebration as, “St Lewina was a young British virgin who was martyred by Saxons on 24 July 687 A.D. (whilst Theodore was 7th Archbishop of Canterbury). Following her death she was buried at Seaford, near Lewes in East Sussex.

“In 1058, in order to preserve her relics from invading Danes, Bishop Edilin moved them [from Seaford in Sussex, England] to Saint Winnoc’s Abbey Church in Bergues in Flanders [Belgium]. (The relics of St Oswald and St Idaberga were also taken along with those of St Lewina to safety).”

Her feast day in 24 July. The invading Saxons in the fifth century killed her for her Christian faith. Her relics have been venerated, and her relics have produced numerous miracles. A history of these miracles was written by Drogo, an eyewitness to several of them.

Pilgrim: Early Western Saints provides us with this summary and the appropriate prayers: “Today (24 July) we commemorate the Virgin-martyr Lewina of Seaford (5th C). 

“St. Lewine or LEVINNA, July 22, 24. V. M. A British maiden, said to be of royal birth, supposed to have suffered martyrdom from some pagan Saxon in the 7th century. Her body was kept in a monastery at Seaford, near Lewes in Sussex, and translated in 1058 to Berg St. Winoc in Flanders, where her feast is observed, July 24. The abbey was burnt and her body in it, 1558. The history of the translation and of the miracles then wrought was written by Drogo, a contemporary historian. These miracles are recorded also by the Calvinist century writers of Magdeburg.

“Ton 5 Tropaire à sainte Lewine, martyre
Jeune fille originaire de la Bretagne,*
Modèle de pureté et de dévotion,*
Vierge consacrée au Christ, ton époux céleste,*
Tu vivais selon la loi du Saint Evangile*
Quand tu fus mise à mort par les païens saxons.*
Sainte Lewine, prie le Seigneur pour nos âmes!

from Acathistes et Offices Orthodoxes
Young woman from Brittany,
Model of purity and piety,
Virgin consecrated to Christ, your heavenly Bridegroom,
You lived according to the law of the Holy Gospel
When you were put to death by the pagan Saxons.
Holy Lewinna, pray to the Lord for our souls!
Holy St Lewine, pray to God for us.

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4 Responses to Celebrating the Feast of St Lewina

  1. One wonders how she could be so forgotten. 😈

    • Catholics often add the names of lesser known saints to children’s baptismal/christening names based on the child’s needs. I once knew a man whose middle name was “Blaise,” for “the blessing of the throats.” As an infant, he experienced a bad throat infection, which nearly cost him his life. I do not, however, know anyone who used the name “Lewina.”

    • moulin says:

      Ste Lewina c’est Ste Lheurine village de Charente Maritime, endroit où elle a séjourné et donné son nom à ce village qui la célébre encore de nos jours

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