|St. Edward the Confessor|
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
San José, California, USA
Photo by Eugene Zelenko
Edward became king of England almost 1,000 years ago. He was a very good ruler. He helped the people by getting rid of some unnecessary taxes. But then he and his father-in-law, Godwin disagreed about how Edward was running things. Godwin raised an army, but Edward met with him and they were able to resolve things peacefully instead of fighting. Toward the end of his life, Edward only cared about religious things. That’s why he was called “Edward the Confessor.”
Even though Edward spoke English, it sounded a lot different then than it does today. Here is a video of an actor saying the Our Father in 11th-century English – which is exactly how Saint Edward the Confessor would have prayed it. Watch and listen. How many words do you understand?