Rivers of Hope

Dan Graves, MSL

Death of Helena, 1st Christian ArchaeologistA character in a nursery rhyme may be closely connected with Church history and Christian archaeology. Probably you have sung “Old King Cole was a merry old soul.” But did you know that the British have an ancient tradition that Helena, the fourth-century Christian archaeologist was the daughter of King Coel of Colchester, immortalized in thisMother Goose rhyme?If this story is true, another interesting fact follows from it. Helena was the mother of Constantine, the first christianized Emperor of the Roman Empire. This means Emperor Constantine was the grandson of a Mother Goose hero! Since there actually was a Christian church at Colchester in 250 A.D.–about the time that Helena was born–it is possible that she become a Christian as a young person which…

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