Memorial of St. Margaret of Scotland

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St. Margaret of Scotland

Try to picture the White House or Buckingham Palace filled each night during Advent and Lent with the poor as honored guests. Not with the great or the well-known, not with generals or industrialists or sports figures or movie stars, but with the homeless and the hungry.

Feeding the poor

As unlikely as it seems that is what you would have found in the castle where Margaret, Queen of Scotland, and her husband, King Malcolm III, lived and reigned. During those seasons of the year, they would invite three hundred poor people each day to share their evening meal. It is said that St. Margaret would serve one side of the hall and her husband the other. They were known for the courtesy they showed their guests, both humble and great.