ST LETHARD, BISHOP OF SENLIS, C. CALLED BY
VENERABLE BEDE, LUIDHARD.
BEDE, William of Malmesbury, and other historians
relate, that when Bertha, daughter of Charibert, king of the French,
was married to Ethelbert, king of Kent, about the year 566, this holy
French prelate accompanied her into England, and resided at
Canterbury in quality of almoner and chaplain to the queen. Though
his name does not occur in the imperfect catalogue of the bishops of
Senlis, which is found in the ancient copy of St. Gregory’s
sacramentary, which belonged to that church in 880, nor in the old
edition of Gallia Christiana yet, upon the authority of the English
historians, is inserted in the new edition, the thirteenth, from St.
Regulus, the founder of that see, one of the Roman missionaries in
Gaul about the time of St. Dionysius. The relics of St. Regulus are
venerated in the ancient collegiate church which bears his name in
Senlis, and his principal festival is kept on the 23d of April. St.
Lethard having resigned this see to St. Sanctinus, was only recorded
in England. On the high altar of St. Augustine’s monastery at
Canterbury, originally called SS. Peter and Paul’s, his relics
were exposed in a shrine near those of the holy king Ethelbert, as
appears from the Monasticon. St. Lethard died at Canterbury about the
year 596. Several miracles are recorded to have been obtained by his
intercession, particularly a ready supply of rain in time of drought.
See Bede,1. 1, c. 25. Will. of Malmesbury, de Pontif.1. 1. Monas.
Angl. t. 1, p. 24. Tho. Sprot, in his History of the Abbey of
Canterbury, Thorn, Henschenius ad 24 Feb., Gallia Christ. Nova, t.
10, p. 1382.