In the Archdiocese of Birmingham, today is kept as the Feast of St Wulstan, eleventh century Benedictine monk and Bishop of Worcester. He is the first English Bishop known to have made regular visitations of his Diocese. He was also responsible for the abolition of the slave trade between Bristol and Ireland, well ahead of his time. He retained his see after the Norman conquest and died at the age of 87, an inspirational figure down to our own day.

May he pray for us, in the challenges of our own time, and may God bless you this day.