Saint Edwin of Northumbria was born a pagan prince and was the king of Northumbria for 27 years. He converted to Christianity as an adult; he was baptized in 627 by Saint Paulinus of York, making him the first Christian King of Northumbria. Saint Edwin worked for an evangelization of his people during his reign. He died a martyr as he died in battle with the pagan king, Penda of Mercia, an enemy of faith.
Almighty, ever-living God, as You sent Your only Son to rescue us because Your love has no end, help to follow Your love and live in the way He showed us. St Edwin of Northumbria, once you learnt of the love of God, you brought it to your land and taught your people its true meaning, please pray for us, amen.