Patron Saint



The Society has campaigned to get St Ealdhelm (more commonly known by the Mercian form of his name, Aldhelm) recognized as the patron saint of Wessex. The idea has started to take root within the Orthodox Churches in the region, though the Roman Catholic Church only assigns patron saints to individual dioceses rather than regions. The position of St Ealdhelm in the Church of England remains ambiguous, but a government press release tying in with the flying of the flag over Eland House (see the page on the Wessex flag) refers to him as “patron saint of Wessex”. Since there is no separation of church and state in the British constitution, it could be argued that recognition by one implies recognition by the other. The Society usually holds an event to commemorate the saint’s feast day on May 25th.