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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    Jan 28, 2014
      Celtic and Old English Saints 28 January

      * St. Cannera of Inis Cathaig
      * St. Glastian of Kinglassie
      * St. Brigid and St. Maura

      St. Cannera of Inis Cathaig, Virgin
      (Cainder, Conaire, Kinnera)
      Died c. 530. Little is known of Saint Cannera except that which is
      recorded in the story of Saint Senan (f.d. March 8), who ruled a
      monastery on the Shannon River, which ministered to the dying--but only
      men. Cannera was an anchorite from Bantry in southern Ireland. When she
      knew she was dying, she travelled to Senan's monastery without rest and
      walked upon the water to cross the river because no one would take her
      to the place forbidden to women. Upon her arrival, the abbot was
      adamant that no woman could enter his monastic enclosure. Arguing that
      Christ died for women, too, she convinced the abbot to give her last
      rites on the island and to bury her at its furthermost edge. Against his
      argument that the waves would wash away her grave, she answered that she
      would leave that to God.

      Cannera told the abbot of a vision she had in her Bantry cell of the
      island and its holiness.

      Double (male and female) monasteries already existed in Ireland.

      Probably because Saint Cannera walked across the water, sailors honour
      their patron by saluting her resting place on Scattery Island (Inis
      Chathaigh). They believed that pebbles from her island protected the
      bearer from shipwreck. A 16th-century Gaelic poem about Cannera prays,
      "Bless my good ship, protecting power of grace. . . ." (Benedictines,
      D'Arcy, Markus, O'Hanlon).

      St. Glastian of (MacGlastian) Kinglassie, Bishop
      Born in County Fife, Scotland; died at Kinglassie (Kinglace), Scotland,
      in 830. As bishop of Fife, Saint Glastian mediated in the bloody civil
      war between the Picts and the Scots. When the Picts were
      subjugated,Glastian did much to alleviate their lot.
      He is the patron saint of Kinglassie in Fife, and venerated in Kyntire
      (Benedictines, Husenbeth).

      St. Brigid and St. Maura
      Daughters of a Scottish Chieftain, Martyrs in Picardy on the Way to
      Rome - possibly the same as Maura and Baya on November 2. See


      Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
      (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

      D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul, Minnesota:
      Irish American Cultural Institute. [This is probably the most
      useful book to choose to own on the Irish saints. The author
      provides a great deal of historical context in which to place the
      lives of the saints.]

      Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler's
      Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
      London: Virtue & Co.

      O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish Saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

      Suppliers of Icons of Celtic Saints for the church
      or the prayer corner at home.

      For All the Saints: - new active link

      An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link

      These Lives are archived at:
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