A monk in a monastery in France, he was invited to go to England by King Alfred the Great and to assist in the restoration of the Christian faith in the wake of the severe and destructive invasions by the Danes.
Appointed abbot of Athelingay by Alfred, John served with vigor and distinction until his murder one night by two French monks under his care in A.D. 895.
Propers for John the Saxon - 22 February - Monastic
O GOD, by whose grace the blessed abbot John enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church: Grant that we may be inflamed with the same spirit of discipline and love, and ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle - 2 Esdras 2:42-48.
The Gospel - St. Matthew 10:16-22.