Wigstan was the grandson of King Wiglaf of Mercia, and became the direct heir to the throne when his father Wigmund died. But when Wiglaf passed away in 839, Wigstan declined the kingship to pursue a monastic life instead. Not long after this, Wigstan was made aware that the new king’s son Beorhtric wished to marry his widowed mother, Aelfflaed. Since Beorhtric was closely related to Wigstan — probably his cousin — he forbade the union. In revenge, Beorhtric went to visit Wigstan, supposedly in peace, but instead struck him on the head while his servant ran him through with a sword. Wigstan was buried in the tomb of his grandfather Wiglaf and a column of light from heaven remained on the spot where he was murdered for 30 days. His feast day is June 1.
Questions for Reflection:
- How can you fight for the rights of those who have been deprived of the ability to choose?
- Is there anyone in your community who you should be giving support to?