SAINT JUSTUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, C.
HE was a Roman by birth, and a learned and
virtuous monk of St. Gregory’s monastery, by whom he was sent
into England in 601, to assist St. Austin in preaching the faith
there. In 604, he was consecrated the first bishop of Rochester, and,
in 624, upon the death of St. Mellitus, translated to the
archiepiscopal see of Canterbury. Pope Boniface accompanied the pall
which he sent him, with a letter in which he admired the fruit of his
labors, in the great number of souls which he had initiated in the
faithful service of God; and extolled his patience and zeal,
exhorting him to persevere to the end, lest he should lose his crown.
St. Justus ordained St. Romanus his successor at Rochester, and St.
Paulinus the first archbishop of York, and went to receive his reward
at the hands of the Prince of pastors, on the 10th of November, in
627. He was interred with his two predecessors, and is named on this
day in the Roman and English Martyrologies.