St. King Edmund, Pray for us.
In 869, the Great Heathen Army advanced on East Anglia (England).
By tradition he met his death after he refused the Viking’s demand that he renounce Christ: the Vikings beat him, he still refused to renounce Christ.
They shot him with arrows, yet this great King still refused to renounce His Lord Jesus Christ.
When the heathen Vikings saw that Edmund would not waiver in his profession, they beheaded him on the orders of Ivar the Boneless and his brother Ubba.
According to one legend, his head was then thrown into the forest, but was found safe by searchers after following the cries of an ethereal wolf that was calling, in Latin, “Hic, Hic, Hic” – “Here, Here, Here”.
Let us pray for such devotion and steadfastness in our days of temptation and darkness. May Our Lord give us strength to hold our profession of faith.