In the Archdiocese of Birmingham, today is kept as the feast of St Birinus, seventh century bishop who established his see at Dorchester on Thames. He is mentioned by Bede in his ‘Ecclesiastical History’: ‘The two kings [Cynegils and Oswald] gave to the bishop the city called Dorcic, there to settle his episcopal see; where having built and consecrated churches, and by his labour called many to the Lord, he departed this life, and was buried in the same city ; but many years after, when Hedda was bishop, he was translated thence to the city of Winchester, and laid in the church of the blessed apostles, Peter and Paul’.

May St Birinus pray for us, in all our labours for the Lord, especially as we prepare for the coming of the Lord, and may God bless you.