St. Margaret of Scotland


Margaret was most likely born in Hungary and raised at Stephen’s Court, the place her father, Prince Edward d’Outremer, was in exile. When she was 12 years previous she was taken to the courtroom of King Edward the Confessor in England, however was compelled to flee England along with her siblings and her mom, Agatha, after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The household was given refuge on the courtroom of King Malcolm III of Scotland and shortly Margaret and Malcolm fell in love. They have been married in 1070 at Dunfermline Castle and subsequently had eight youngsters.

Margaret was recognized for her nice piety. She prayed and fasted continuously and confirmed a lot concern for the poor. She supported synods that reformed abuses that have been so prevalent on the time, corresponding to simony and usury. She additionally inspired arts and schooling, acted as adviser in state issues, and along with her husband, Malcolm, based Holy Trinity Church at Dunfermline. Margaret died at Edinburgh Castle on November 15, quickly after discovering out that rebels attacking Alnwick Castle had killed her husband and one in every of her sons. She was canonized in 1250 and declared patroness of Scotland in 1673.


Queen Margaret had an amazing affect on her husband and his courtroom. With her refined methods and mind, she was in a position to result in many modifications for the nice. Malcolm, whereas an excellent man, tended to be quick-tempered and “tough across the edges.” Many of the individuals have been ignorant and unrefined. Margaret was in a position to deliver out one of the best in her husband and others, nevertheless. She obtained good academics, took measures to rid the courtroom of all evil practices, and had new church buildings constructed. Margaret herself embroidered the priest’s vestments.

Malcolm was very happy with the modifications that Margaret led to in his courtroom. Soon the lads confirmed higher manners and the women, following Margaret’s instance, turned gentler and extra religious. Queen Margaret and King Malcolm additionally have been an exquisite instance to others of their piety. They prayed collectively and in addition personally took meals to the crowds of needy individuals. God blessed this royal couple with eight youngsters, two daughters and 6 sons. Margaret was an exquisite mom as effectively and her youngest son turned St. David.


Father, assist us to study from the pious instance of this nice queen. When Margaret realized of the loss of life of her beloved husband and son, relatively than despair, she prayed and thanked You for sending her such an amazing sorrow to purify her of her sins. Like St. Margaret, assist us to be an excellent and pious affect on the individuals in our lives. In Jesus’ identify we pray. Amen.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

Eternal Father, I provide Thee probably the most valuable blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses mentioned all through the world at present for all of the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners all over the place, for sinners within the common church, these in my own residence, and inside my household. Amen.

— Prayer given to St. Gertrude by Jesus

Johnnette’s Meditation
Jesus promised that each time this prayer is alleged, a thousand souls shall be launched from Purgatory and allowed into God’s presence. Am I keen to include this prayer into my each day life? I’ll present my sincerity of coronary heart by praying it once more proper now.

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Gertrude the Great (1302), Virgin, Benedictine nun and mystic
  • St. Mechtilde of Helfta (1298), Virgin, good friend/St. Gertrude the Great

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