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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    Jan 5, 2014
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 6 January

      * St. Schottin of Kilkenny
      * St. Diman Dubh of Connor
      * St. Edeyrn of Brittany
      * St. Eigrad
      * St. Hywyn of Aberdaron
      * St. Melanius of Rennes
      * St. Merinus the Hermit
      * St. Peter of Canterbury

      St. Schottin (Schotin, Scarthin), Hermit of Kilkenny
      6th century. While still a youth, Schotin left Ireland to become a
      disciple of Saint David in Wales. For many years after his return to
      Ireland he led the life of an anchorite at Mt. Mairge, Leix. He is said
      to have established a school for boys at Kilkenny (Benedictines).

      Troparion of St Schotin tone 4
      0 disciple of Dewi Sant./ Flower of the wilderness and teacher of the
      young./ Holy Schotin, in life thou didst serve Christ./ Wherefore , O
      Saint intercede that by following thee in all piety and Godly quiet,/ we
      may attain eternal life.

      St. Diman Dubh of Connor, Bishop
      (also known as Dimas, Dima)
      Died 658. Diman Dubh (Diman the Black) was a monk under Saint Columba,
      and afterwards abbot and bishop of Connor. He is one of the prelates to
      whom the Roman Church, after the death of Pope Honorius in 640,
      addressed the epistle on the paschal controversy and on Pelagianism

      St. Edeyrn (Edern), Hermit
      6th century. He is the patron saint of a church in Brittany. Tradition
      describes him as a Briton, associating him with King Arthur, and making
      him end his days as a hermit in Armorica (Benedictines). Saint Edeyrn is
      depicted in art as a hermit riding on a stag. He is venerated in
      Brittany (Roeder).

      St. Eigrad
      6th century. Saint Eigrad, a brother of Saint Samson, was trained by
      Saint Illtyd, and founded a church in Anglesey (Benedictines).

      St. Hywyn (Owen, Ewen) of Aberdaron
      Died after 516. Saint Hywyn was probably a companion of Saint Cadfan on
      his return journey from Brittany in 516 to Cornwall and Wales. He is
      said to have been the founder of Aberdaron in Carnarvonshire. Several
      churches in western England known as Saint Owen's or Saint Ewen's
      possibly have Hywyn for their titular saint (Benedictines).

      St. Melanius of Rennes, Bishop
      Died c. 530. With Saint Remi, Melanius shares the title of Apostle of
      France. Melanius, a Breton by birth, was bishop of Rennes during the
      critical time when the Franks were overrunning Gaul. He is said to have
      almost completely succeeded in abolishing idolatry from his diocese and
      was highly revered by King Clovis (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia). In art,
      Saint Melanius is depicted with a ship carrying his corpse sailing
      upstream. Sometimes the bishop stands on a devil or he is shown driving
      out the devil (Roeder).

      St. Merinus the Hermit
      6th century. A disciple of Dunawd of Bangor (Ireland), Merinus is the
      titular saint of churches in Wales and Brittany (Benedictines).

      St. Peter of Canterbury, Abbot
      Died c. 606-608; feast at Saint Augustine's in Canterbury is kept on
      December 30. Saint Peter was a monk at Saint Andrew's Monastery in Rome
      until, in 596, he was sent by Pope Saint Gregory the Great to England
      with the first group of missionaries under Saint Augustine of
      Canterbury. In 602, Peter became the first abbot of SS. Peter and Paul
      (afterwards Saint Augustine's) at Canterbury.

      Saint Peter was probably the monk delegated by Augustine to take news to
      the pope of the first Anglo-Saxon conversions. He then brought back
      Saint Gregory's replies to Augustine's questions. Later Peter was
      dispatched on a mission to Gaul, but was drowned in the English Channel
      at Ambleteuse (Amfleet) near Boulogne. According to the Venerable Bede,
      the local inhabitants buried him in an "unworthy place" but, as the
      result of a prodigy of mysterious light appearing over his grave at
      night, translated his relics to a church in Boulogne with suitable
      honour (Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer).

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