(d. 653) archbishop of Canterbury

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(d. 653),

archbishop of Canterbury. He came to England in 601, one of the second band of Roman missionaries to Kent. He succeeded Justus as archbishop in 627, being consecrated at Lincoln by Paulinus. He received the pallium from Pope Honorius with the instruction that when one archbishop died, the other would consecrate his successor. During his twenty-five years' rule he consolidated the work of conversion by sending the Burgundian Felix to evangelize East Anglia. He received the exiled Paulinus to the see of Rochester after the disastrous battle of Hatfield Chase (634). He lived to see the apostolate of Aidan in Northumbria, the replacement of Birinus of Wessex by Agilbert, the conversion of Peada and the Middle Angles, and the arrival of the young Wilfrid in Kent on his way to Rome. Honorius, like his predecessors, was buried at Canterbury in the monastery of SS. Peter and Paul (later St Augustine's), the centre of his cult. He is mentioned in the Roman and other martyrologies. Feast: 30 September.

Bede, H. E., ii. 15–18; iii. 14, 20, 25; v. 19.

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