“Spare those poor innocent victims. Turn your fury rather against me,” said Saint Alphege to the Danish invaders slaughtering his townspeople.

Saint Alphege of Canterbury was beaten with stones and ox bones, then struck on the head with the blunt edge of an axe on 19 April 1012 in Greenwich, Kent (part of modern London), England. His body was interred in Saint Paul’s Cathedral and later re-interred in Canterbury by King Canute in 1023. His shrine was re-built and expanded in the early 12th century by Saint Anselm of Canterbury. His remains were found incorrupt in 1105. Saint Alphege, pray for us!