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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    Jan 7, 2014
      Celtic and Old English Saints 7 January

      * St. Brannock of Braunton
      * St. Kentigerna of Loch Lomond
      * St. Cronan Beg of County Down

      St. Brannock (Barnoc, Brannoc), Abbot
      6th century. Saint Brannock appears to have migrated from southern Wales
      into Devon, and to have founded a monastery at Braunton, near Barnstaple
      in Devonshire, where William Worcestre and Leland say he was buried. The
      traditions concerning him are sometimes uncertain. Some hagiographers
      identify him as the 6th-century Welsh missionary Saint Brynach (Bernach
      or Bernacus). Because there are two separate feasts at Exeter on April
      and January 7 for the respective saints, it is unlikely that they are
      the same person (Benedictines, Farmer).

      Troparion of St Brannock of Braunton tone 1
      Righteous tutor of the children of Brychan, The Great Wonderworker. O
      wise Father Brannock,/ thou didst win many souls for Christ by thy
      tireless endeavours./ In Devon's Braunton Church are your concealed
      precious relics./ Pray that we, being ever mindful of our Orthodox
      heritage,/ may never deviate from the true faith,/ thereby, receive the,
      reward of the blest.

      Icon of St.Brannock:

      St. Kentigerna of Loch Lomond, Widow
      (also known as Caentigern, Quentigerna)
      Died on Inch Cailleach, Scotland, c. 733-734. Kentigerna was the mother
      of Saint Fillan and the daughter of Kelly (Cellach), prince of Leinster.
      She married a neighbouring prince, who was the father of Fillan. After
      her husband's death, she left Ireland with her missionary brother Saint
      Comghan and her son to lead the life of a recluse on the island of Inch
      Cailleach (or Inchebroida, according to some), in Loch Lomond, Scotland,
      where a church is dedicated in her name. Kentigerna is listed in the
      Aberdeen Breviary (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Montague).

      St. Cronan Beg, Bishop
      7th century. A bishop of ancient Aendrum, County Down, mentioned in
      connection with the paschal controversy in 640 (Benedictines).

      A little more detail on St Cronan Beg from O'Hanlon:

      St. Cronan Beg, Bishop of Nendrum, County of Down. Seventh Century

      This prelate obtained his cognomen, probably owing to his being under the
      middle size. Cronan Beg, or " the little," bishop over the ancient Aendrum,
      had a festival on this day, according to the Martyrology of Donegal. The
      Martyrology of Tallagh simply registers Cronan, bishop, at the 7th of
      January. His place is now distinguished as Inis Mahee, in the county of
      Down. It is a portion of Tullynakill parish, and it
      lies about a quarter of a mile from the shore in Strangford Lough. This
      island is situated about thirteen miles N.N.E. from Downpatrick. The name of
      this present bishop will be found in a letter, written
      from Rome, A.D. 640, on the subject of the Pascal Controversy. In his tract
      on some of the Irish bishops, Duald Mac Firbis says, that perhaps this is he
      with whom Caendruim is placed; and his remark
      seems to have reference to a subsequent entry regarding the rest of Cronan,
      Bishop of Caondruim, who died about the year 639. Other, and more reliable,
      authorities place his demise at the 7th of January,
      a.d. 642." As may be seen, this date is only a little over a year later than
      the date of the epistle from Rome, addressed to him in common with other
      Irish bishops. Some very interesting remains of antiquity are yet traceable
      on Mahee Island.

      O'Hanlon's Lives of the Irish Saints, Volume 1, 89-90


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