St Egwin, who died in the eighth century, is known as the founder of the great Benedictine Abbey of Evesham, in Worcestershire, which was destroyed at the time of the Reformation. The site of this Abbey was revealed to a local shepherd, and also to St Egwin himself.

When he felt his end approaching, he called his monks round him, and said to them: ‘I pray and beseech you, reverend and beloved sons, strive with all your might to keep and to do all those things that God has commanded. Be diligent in living up to the vows you have made, for it is written : “Vow ye, and pay to the Lord your God . Follow after peace and holiness, without which, as the Apostle says, no man can see God”. Having thus taken leave of his monks, our Saint breathed forth his soul’.

May he pray for us, that we may all be faithful, and may God bless you this day.