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Saint Chad - an invisible concert of music had been heard above his cell

Identifier

023476

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

Background

Saint Chad was bishop of Litchfield, England, and died in 671. The account is drawn from Omer Englebert’s Lives of the Saints (David McKay, 1951, p.84), which reads:

A description of the experience

He died, a victim of the plague, in his beloved Abbey of Lastingham. A week before, an invisible concert of music had been heard above his cell. Chad opened the window and said to Brother Owen, who was listening in the garden.

"That is the angels who are singing, in seven days they will come back to fetch my soul."

The source of the experience

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Observation contributed by: Henry Ibberson