St. Ebba the Younger, Martyr, Along with Her Companions


Commemorated on August 23

St. Ebba the Younger was born in England, and became the abbess of Coldingham Monastery, now in Scotland, which had been founded two centuries earlier by St. Ebba the Elder.

When told that the Danes had invaded and were approaching the monastery, St. Ebba mutilated herself so that she would not be violated.  The Danes set fire to the monastery, and St. Ebba along with all the nuns of her community, perished.

They received martyrs’ crowns in 870.

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