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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Mellitus''' (died [[April 24]], 624) was the first [[Bishop of London]] and the third [[Archbishop of Canterbury]], and was one of the members of the Gregorian mission sent to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons. He was sent to England in 601 AD, and was accompanied by other [[clergy]] to augment the [[missionary|missionaries]] already there. In 604 he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as [[Bishop]] of London, but in 616 after the death of his patron he was forced to leave London and take refuge in Gaul. He returned to England within the next year, but was never able to return to London as the inhabitants remained pagans. In 619 he was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. While [[archbishop]] he was alleged to have saved the [[cathedral]] and much of the town of Canterbury from a fire. After his death in 624, he was reverred as a saint.
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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Mellitus''' was the first historic [[Bishop of London]] and the third [[Archbishop of Canterbury]]. He was one of the members of the Gregorian mission sent to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons. His [[feast day]] is [[April 24]].
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Mellitus was the [[abbot]] of the St. Andrew's [[monastery]] on Coelian Hill in Rome when he was sent to England in 601 AD by St. [[Gregory the Dialogist]]. He was accompanied by other [[clergy]] to augment the [[missionary|missionaries]] already there. He initially spent three years in Kent before he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[Bishop]] of London in 604. In 616, after the death of his patron and having refused communion to apostates, he was forced to leave London and take refuge in Gaul. He returned to England within the next year, but was never able to return to London as the inhabitants remained pagans. In 619, he was enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury. While [[archbishop]] he was alleged to have saved the [[cathedral]] and much of the town of Canterbury from a fire. After his death on April 24, 624, he was revered as a saint.
  
 
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*[http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsm.htm  Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome]
  
 
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Our father among the saints Mellitus was the first historic Bishop of London and the third Archbishop of Canterbury. He was one of the members of the Gregorian mission sent to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons. His feast day is April 24.

Mellitus was the abbot of the St. Andrew's monastery on Coelian Hill in Rome when he was sent to England in 601 AD by St. Gregory the Dialogist. He was accompanied by other clergy to augment the missionaries already there. He initially spent three years in Kent before he was consecrated Bishop of London in 604. In 616, after the death of his patron and having refused communion to apostates, he was forced to leave London and take refuge in Gaul. He returned to England within the next year, but was never able to return to London as the inhabitants remained pagans. In 619, he was enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury. While archbishop he was alleged to have saved the cathedral and much of the town of Canterbury from a fire. After his death on April 24, 624, he was revered as a saint.

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Mellitus
Preceded by:
St. Laurence
Archbishop of Canterbury
619-624
Succeeded by:
Justus
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