The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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wherein also were interred the bodies of all the succeeding archbishops, except two only, Theodorus and Berthwald, whose bodies are within that church, because the aforesaid porch could contain no more. Almost in the midst of this church is an altar dedicated in honour of the blessed Pope Gregory, at which every Saturday their service is solemnly performed by the priest of that place. On the tomb of the said Augustine is written this epitaph:

"Here rests the Lord Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, who being formerly sent hither by the blessed Gregory, bishop of the city of Rome, and by God's assistance supported with miracles, reduced King Ethelbert and his nation from the worship of idols to the faith of Christ, and having ended the days of his office in peace, died the 7th day of the kalends of June, in the reign of the same king."


CHAPTER IV.
LAURENTIUS AND HIS BISHOPS ADMONISH THE SCOTS TO OBSERVE
THE UNITY OF THE HOLY CHURCH, PARTICULARLY IN KEEPING
OF EASTER; MELLITUS GOES TO ROME.

Laurentius succeeded Augustine in the bishopric, having been ordained thereto by the latter, in his lifetime, lest upon his death, the state of the church, as yet unsettled, might begin to falter, if it should be destitute of a pastor, though but for one hour. Wherein he also followed the example of the first pastor of the church, that is, of the most blessed prince of the apostles, Peter, who, having founded the church of Christ at Rome, is said to have consecrated Clement his assistant in preaching the Gospel, and at the same time his successor. Laurentius being advanced to the degree of an archbishop, laboured inde-

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