Saint Days: Birinus, Bishop and Evangelist
Birinus lived from 600-649. Originally from France, he was nicknamed the "Apostle to the West Saxons." He worked with Cynegils, a heathen king who converted to Christianity to be allied with Oswald of Northumbria (who was close with St. Aidan). Cynegils was baptized by Birinus (as were his son and grandson) who was commissioned to bring the Gospel to parts of Britain that had been previously unreached. He was greatly successful, establishing many churches and bringing many people into the faith.
Let us remember Birinus in our prayers:
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant St. Birinus, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of West Saxon; raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.