In this season, the Church especially encourages the veneration of Saints. — Lesser Feasts and Fasts. The Episcopal Church. Readings: II Esdras 3: 42-48; John 20: 1-15. The Saint and Martyr whom we honour today died on Easter. Born Magnus Eriendsson in 1075, Saint Magnus was a Viking, the son of two Vikings who jointly ruled the beautiful Orkney Islands where he was born. Christianity, introduced to Orkney some three decades before, existed side by side with Norse religion. Early on, the hearty Magnus took up the calling of a pirate and was quite successful. Sometime later, he was converted to Christianity and became, therefore,Read More →