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St. Edward, King and Passionbearer Athelhampton

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The Iconostasis at St. Edward's Church

How to find us

The church may be found near Puddletown (5 miles east of Dorchester).  It is owned by the Athelhampton Estate in which it is situated.

Services and Contact

Web Site: http://www.saintedwardsorthodoxdorset.org/

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Fr. David

Church in the grounds of the Estate

Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 10.00 am

Fr. David Harris

01305 849410

email: frdavidharris@hotmail.com

Who was Saint Edward?

Edward lived from c.959 to 978 or 979. He was the great grandson of Alfred the Great, and uncle of Edward the Confessor.

After a short reign he was murdered near the gates to Corfe Castle on 18th March978/9.  It was thought that his step-mother was implicated, and her son, Ethelred, succeeded Edward.  He is known to history as “the Unready”

Edward was initially buried at Wareham, where many came to visit and pray at his grave, and miracles were reported.

In 980 the body was translated to Shaftesbury Abbey, where it was enshrined in 1001 and Edward was canonised in 1008.  During the Middle Ages, many pilgrims visited the shrine until the Reformation, when it was destroyed and the relics disappeared.

The relics were re-discovered in the ruins of the Abbey in 1931 and are now enshrined in the church of the Orthodox Monastery of St Edward, in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

“Men murdered him but God has magnified him.”  Anglo-Saxon Chronicle