St. Ywi of Lindisfarne, Hermit
Died in Brittany, France, on October 6, c. 690. Saint Ywi, a monk at
Lindisfarne in Northumbria, was ordained to the diaconate by Saint
Cuthbert (f.d. March 20). He became another of the Celtic saints to
evangelize the Continent. Ywi set sail for an unknown destination and
landed in Brittany, where he lived as a hermit. He was known for his
miracles of healing.
In the 10th century, his relics were translated by a group of wandering
Breton clerics to Wilton, near Salisbury. There the
solemn procession was met by Abbess Wulftrudis. The relics were laid on
Saint Edith's altar while they ate before continuing the procession.
Unfortunately, they found that the relics were immovable, so the abbess
gave the clerics 2,000 "solidi" and they left the relics behind.
His feast is kept at Winchester, Wilton, Worcester, and elsewhere in
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