Next he was made Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important Church in all England. The year after he came to the city, a group of fierce raiders, called the Danes, attacked. They burned the buildings and killed many people, even women and children. St. Alphege tried to make them stop, but the cruel raiders took him prisoner and carried him off. They told the people of Canterbury that they would have to pay a large amount of money if they wanted to have their Archbishop
St. Alphege would not let his poor Christian people pay that much money for him. He said, " It is better to give what we have to the poor than to take from them the little they have."
When the Saint had been in prison seven months, the men who had captured him became drunk one night. Angry because they had not gotten the money they wanted, they took the holy Archbishop and beat him. Then they stoned him. At last, one killed him with an axe. Like Our Lord, St. Alphege prayed for his murderers just before he died. Even in prison St. Alphege did not want people to think of him or sacrifice for him.
Let us remember that what we suffer silently for God gains a great reward in Heaven for us.