The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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and Picts among whom he lived a stranger, by his example of life, his industry, in teaching, his authority in reproving, and his piety in giving away much of what he received from the bounty of the rich. He also added this to his vow above-mentioned; during Lent, he would eat but one meal a day, allowing himself nothing but bread and thin milk, and even that by measure. That milk, now the day before, he kept in a vessel, and the next day skimming off the cream, drank the rest, as has been said, with a little bread. Which sort of abstinence he likewise always observed forty days before the nativity of our Lord, and as many after the solemnity of Pentecost, that is, of the Quinquagesima.


CHAPTER XXVIII.
TUDA BEING DEAD, WILFRID WAS ORDAINED, IN FRANCE, AND
CEADD, IN THE PROVINCE OF THE WEST SAXONS, TO BE BISHOPS
OF THE NORTHUMBRIANS.

In the meantime, King Alchfrid sent the priest, Wilfrid, to the King of France, to be consecrated bishop over him and his people. That prince sent him to be ordained to Agilbert, who, as was said above, having left Britain, was made bishop of the city of Paris; and by him Wilfrid was honourably consecrated, several bishops meeting together for that purpose in a village belonging to the king, called Compiegne. He made some stay in the parts beyond the sea, after his consecration, and Oswy, following the example of the king his son, sent a holy man, of modest behaviour, well read in the scripture, and diligently practising those things which he had learned therein, to be ordained bishop of the Church of York. This was a priest called Ceadd, brother to the reverend prelate Cedd, of whom mention has been often made, and abbot of the monastery of

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