St. Pega

Feastday: January 8
673 - 719

Pega was sister to St. Guthlac and she lived a retired life not far from her brother's hermitage at Croyland, just across the border of what is now Northamptonshire, on the western edge of the great Peterborough Fen. The place is not called Peakirk, i.e. Pega's church. She attended her brother's funeral, making the journey by water down the Welland, and is reputed on that occasion to have cured a blind man from Wisbech. She is said to have then gone on pilgrimage to Rome, where she died about the year 719. Ordericus Vitalis says her relics were honored with miracles, and kept in a church which bore her name at Rome, but this church is not now known.
 
from Wikipedia
Pega (c. 673-c.719), was an anchoress in the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, and the sister of Saint Guthlac.

Life

Pega belonged to one of the great noble families of Mercia, the daughter of Penwalh of Mercia. She and lived as an anchoress at Peakirk ("Pega's church") in the modern county of Cambridgeshire, not far from Guthlac's hermitage at Crowland. When Guthlac realized that his end was near in 714, he invited her to his funeral. For this she sailed down the River Welland, curing a blind man from Wisbech on the way. She inherited Guthlac's psalter and scourge, both of which, it was claimed, she later gave to Crowland Abbey. She went on pilgrimage to Rome and died there c.719. Ordericus Vitalis claimed that her relics survived in an unnamed Roman church in his day, and that miracles took place there.

It's said her heart was returned here and was kept as a reliquary in the church, contained in a heart stone the broken remains of which, smashed by Cromwell's troops, can be seen in the south aisle window. 
 
Her feast day is January 8.
 
 

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