King Edward the Confessor
Church News | Wednesday, 13 October 2021 |
By Joan Vine
What a joy it was to attend mid-week communion today, accompanied by beautiful sunshine. This morning we celebrated the life of King Edward the Confessor who was king of England from 1042-1066. In her address Revd Carolyn told how attached she was to St Edward’s Church in Romford from which she was sent forth to follow God’s calling. Carolyn told us what a godly and humble man Edward was regardless of his position. It is said that whilst traveling through Essex one day, he stopped his entourage at the sight of a beggar. He asked the poor man what he wanted and the man asked for food and money as he had none… The king replied that he had no food or money with him either, but feeling great pity for the man removed a large ring from his finger and gave it to the man saying ‘Have this ring’. From whence the name ‘Havering’ is said to have originated. Miraculously, the ring gradually found its way back to the king. The king, founded a monastery now known as Westminster Abbey, where his body still lies in a shrine, along with his ring.
Revd Carolyn then spoke of the Gospel reading from Matthew 12 in which we hear of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple courtyard. It tells of Jesus becoming very angry when he saw how money-makers were extorting money from the poor and needy… Jesus askes us to be kind and generous like King Edward and not take from those who have little or nothing. Those in need, Jesus said, are just as worthy as those who have everything.