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  • ambrós
    Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St.Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St.Birinus of
    Message 1 of 14 , Sep 2, 2000
      Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

      =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
      * St.Monessa of Ireland
      * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
      * St.Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
      * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
      * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
      =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


      ************************************************************
      "When the Church in the British Isles begins to venerate her own saints,
      the Church will prosper" ~ Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia
      ************************************************************


      St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
      ----------------------------------------
      Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
      Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
      rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
      known about her
      (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


      St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
      -------------------------------------------
      7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
      said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
      apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
      children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
      founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
      to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
      life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
      Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
      Husenbeth).

      ************************************************************
      Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
      Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
      ************************************************************


      Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
      Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
      --------------------------------------------------


      Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
      Bishop of Lindisfarne
      --------------------------------------------------
      See his Life on 20 March
      http://www.egroups.com/message/celt-saints/12



      St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
      ------------------------------------------------------


      Lives kindly supplied by:
      For All the Saints:
      http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm
      Celtic Orthodox Christianity Home Page
      http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/celtic.htm
      These Lives are archived at:
      http://www.egroups.com/group/celt-saints/
      *****************************************
    • ambrós
      Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St.Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St.Birinus of
      Message 2 of 14 , Sep 2, 2001
        Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
        * St.Monessa of Ireland
        * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
        * St.Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
        * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
        * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


        St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
        ----------------------------------------
        Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
        Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
        rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
        known about her
        (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


        St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
        -------------------------------------------
        7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
        said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
        apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
        children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
        founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
        to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
        life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
        Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
        Husenbeth).

        ****************************************************
        Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
        Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
        ****************************************************


        Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
        Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
        --------------------------------------------------
        See 3 December
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/270


        Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
        Bishop of Lindisfarne
        --------------------------------------------------
        See his Life on 20 March
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/378


        St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
        ------------------------------------------------------


        Lives kindly supplied by:
        For All the Saints:
        http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm
        Celtic Orthodox Christianity Home Page
        http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/celtic.htm
        These Lives are archived at:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
        *****************************************
      • ambrós
        Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St.Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St.Birinus of
        Message 3 of 14 , Sep 2, 2002
          Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
          * St.Monessa of Ireland
          * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
          * St.Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
          * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
          * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


          St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
          ----------------------------------------
          Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
          Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
          rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
          known about her
          (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


          St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
          -------------------------------------------
          7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
          said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
          apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
          children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
          founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
          to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
          life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
          Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
          Husenbeth).

          ****************************************************
          Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
          Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
          ****************************************************


          Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
          Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
          --------------------------------------------------
          See 3 December
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


          Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
          Bishop of Lindisfarne
          --------------------------------------------------
          See his Life, 20 March
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



          St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
          ------------------------------------------------------


          Lives kindly supplied by:
          For All the Saints:
          http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm
          Celtic Orthodox Christianity Home Page
          http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/celtic.htm
          These Lives are archived at:
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
          *****************************************
        • ambrós
          Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St.Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St.Birinus of
          Message 4 of 14 , Sep 3, 2003
            Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
            * St.Monessa of Ireland
            * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
            * St.Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
            * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
            * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


            St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
            ----------------------------------------
            Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
            Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
            rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
            known about her
            (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


            St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
            -------------------------------------------
            7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
            said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
            apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
            children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
            founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
            to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
            life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
            Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
            Husenbeth).

            ****************************************************
            Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
            Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
            ****************************************************


            Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
            Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
            --------------------------------------------------
            See 3 December
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


            Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
            Bishop of Lindisfarne
            --------------------------------------------------
            See his Life, 20 March
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



            St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
            ------------------------------------------------------


            For All the Saints:
            http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm
            Orthodox Ireland Saints
            http://www.orthodoxireland.com/saints/
            These Lives are archived at:
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
            *****************************************
          • emrys@globe.net.nz
            Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
            Message 5 of 14 , Sep 3, 2004
              Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
              * St. Monessa of Ireland
              * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
              * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
              * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
              * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


              St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
              ----------------------------------------
              Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
              Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
              rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
              known about her
              (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


              St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
              -------------------------------------------
              7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
              said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
              apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
              children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
              founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
              to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
              life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
              Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
              Husenbeth).

              ****************************************************
              Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
              Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
              ****************************************************


              Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
              Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
              --------------------------------------------------
              See 3 December
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


              Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
              Bishop of Lindisfarne
              --------------------------------------------------
              See his Life, 20 March
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



              St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
              ------------------------------------------------------



              Lives kindly supplied by:
              For All the Saints:
              http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

              Orthodox Ireland Saints
              http://www.orthodoxireland.com/saints/

              These Lives are archived at:
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
              *****************************************
            • emrys@globe.net.nz
              Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
              Message 6 of 14 , Sep 3, 2005
                Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                * St. Monessa of Ireland
                * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                ----------------------------------------
                Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                known about her
                (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                -------------------------------------------
                7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                Husenbeth).

                ****************************************************
                Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                ****************************************************


                Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                --------------------------------------------------
                See 3 December
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                Bishop of Lindisfarne
                --------------------------------------------------
                See his Life, 20 March
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                ------------------------------------------------------



                Lives kindly supplied by:
                For All the Saints:
                http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                These Lives are archived at:
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                *****************************************
              • emrys@globe.net.nz
                Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                Message 7 of 14 , Sep 3, 2006
                  Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                  =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                  * St. Monessa of Ireland
                  * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                  * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                  * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                  * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                  =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                  St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                  Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                  rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                  known about her
                  (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                  St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                  -------------------------------------------
                  7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                  said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                  apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                  children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                  founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                  to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                  life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                  Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                  Husenbeth).

                  ****************************************************
                  Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                  Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                  ****************************************************


                  Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                  Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                  --------------------------------------------------
                  See 3 December
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                  Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                  Bishop of Lindisfarne
                  --------------------------------------------------
                  See his Life, 20 March
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                  St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                  ------------------------------------------------------



                  Lives kindly supplied by:
                  For All the Saints:
                  http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                  These Lives are archived at:
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                  *****************************************
                • emrys@globe.net.nz
                  Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                  Message 8 of 14 , Sep 3, 2007
                    Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                    * St. Monessa of Ireland
                    * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                    * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                    * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                    * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                    St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                    ----------------------------------------
                    Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                    Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                    rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                    known about her
                    (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                    St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                    -------------------------------------------
                    7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                    said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                    apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                    children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                    founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                    to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                    life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                    Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                    Husenbeth).

                    ****************************************************
                    Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                    Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                    ****************************************************


                    Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                    Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                    --------------------------------------------------
                    See 3 December
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                    Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                    Bishop of Lindisfarne
                    --------------------------------------------------
                    See his Life, 20 March
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                    St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                    ------------------------------------------------------



                    Lives kindly supplied by:
                    For All the Saints:
                    http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                    These Lives are archived at:
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                    *****************************************
                  • emrys@globe.net.nz
                    Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                    Message 9 of 14 , Sep 4, 2008
                      Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                      =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                      * St. Monessa of Ireland
                      * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                      * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                      * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                      * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                      =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                      St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                      ----------------------------------------
                      Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                      Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                      rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                      known about her
                      (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                      St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                      -------------------------------------------
                      7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                      said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                      apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                      children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                      founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                      to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                      life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                      Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                      Husenbeth).

                      ****************************************************
                      Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                      Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                      ****************************************************


                      Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                      Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                      --------------------------------------------------
                      See 3 December
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                      Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                      Bishop of Lindisfarne
                      --------------------------------------------------
                      See his Life, 20 March
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                      St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                      ------------------------------------------------------



                      Lives kindly supplied by:
                      For All the Saints:
                      http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                      These Lives are archived at:
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                      *****************************************
                    • emrys@globe.net.nz
                      Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                      Message 10 of 14 , Sep 4, 2009
                        Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                        * St. Monessa of Ireland
                        * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                        * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                        * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                        * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                        St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                        ----------------------------------------
                        Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                        Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                        rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                        known about her
                        (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                        St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                        -------------------------------------------
                        7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                        said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                        apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                        children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                        founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                        to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                        life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                        Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                        Husenbeth).

                        ****************************************************
                        Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                        Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                        ****************************************************


                        Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                        Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                        --------------------------------------------------
                        See 3 December
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                        Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                        Bishop of Lindisfarne
                        --------------------------------------------------
                        See his Life, 20 March
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                        St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                        ------------------------------------------------------



                        Lives kindly supplied by:
                        For All the Saints:
                        http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                        These Lives are archived at:
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                        *****************************************
                      • emrys@globe.net.nz
                        Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                        Message 11 of 14 , Sep 4, 2010
                          Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                          * St. Monessa of Ireland
                          * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                          * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                          * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                          * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                          St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                          ----------------------------------------
                          Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                          Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                          rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                          known about her
                          (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                          St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                          -------------------------------------------
                          7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                          said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                          apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                          children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                          founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                          to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                          life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                          Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                          Husenbeth).

                          ****************************************************
                          Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                          Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                          ****************************************************

                          As we saw from O'Hanlon's account, Saint Ultan is said to be the author of a
                          hymn to Saint Brigid, Brigit Bé Bithmaith, and was believed by Colgan to be
                          the author of one of her Lives. Saint Ultan is only one of a number of
                          suggested authors for this hymn, which came into public view again in the
                          19th century with the publication of the two-volume work The Irish Liber
                          Hymnorum. This hymnbook of the early Irish church, contains a number of
                          hymns traditionally associated with various Irish saints, prefaced with
                          accounts of their supposed authorship and date. The translation below of
                          Brigit Bé Bithmaith and its preface are taken from Goidelica, an anthology
                          of texts and translations by Whitley Stokes. The preface starts by listing
                          four other potential authors besides Saint Ultan. The first candidate is
                          Saint Columcille who composed the hymn as a protection in a storm.
                          Alternatively, there is the possibility that three of Saint Brigid's own
                          monastic familia composed it as a protection against poison while travelling
                          to Rome, or Brocc the squinting, to whom is attributed another famous hymn,
                          Ní car Brigit, may have been the author. Next comes a charming tale of Saint
                          Brendan the Navigator, who is somewhat put out to find that Saint Brigid's
                          reputation for sanctity is more feared by the monsters of the sea than his
                          own and decides to find out why. Finally, Saint Ultan's claim is staked, and
                          his monastery of Ardbraccan given as the place of composition. Note that
                          Stokes himself calls the text 'Ultan's Hymn in Praise of Brigit'. It is
                          clear from the preface that no matter who the original author was, the hymn
                          was used a powerful lorica of protection, asking for the intercession of
                          Saint Brigid against the principalities and powers while praising her
                          burning brightness. Brigit, excellent woman! Who will argue with that?

                          IV. ULTAN'S HYMN IN PRAISE OF BRIGIT.
                          (Lib, Hymn, 166.)

                          The Preface

                          Brigit excellent woman! It may be Colum-cille that made this hymn, and in
                          the time of Aed son of Ainmire he made it ; in . (?) he made it. This is the
                          cause of making it. A great storm came to Colum-cille when he was going over
                          sea, and he came into Breccán's Caldron, and besought Brigit that a calm
                          might come unto him, and he said 'Brigit bé bithmaith'.

                          Or it is Brocc the squinting that made it, and at the same time as 'Ní car
                          Brigit' was made.

                          Or it is three of Brigit's family that made it. They were going to Rome and
                          reached Placentia, and a man of the city met them outside and asked them
                          whether they needed hospitality. They said that they needed it. Then he took
                          them with him to his house, and a student, on his way from Rome, met them
                          there and asked them whence they came and why they came. They said "for
                          hospitality." " It is a mistake," says he, "for that is the custom of this
                          man to kill his guests," and they asked that through the student's teaching.
                          So poison was given to them in ale, and they praised Brigit for the saving
                          of them, and they sang Brigit bé bithmaith. They drank the ale with the
                          poison, and it did no harm to them. So the man of the house came to see
                          whether the poison had killed them, and he beheld them alive, and he beheld
                          a comely virgin amongst them. Thereafter he came in, and was seeking the
                          virgin, and found her not, and he asked of them, "Why has the virgin gone?"
                          And they said they had not seen her at all. Then a chain was put upon them,
                          that they might be killed on the morrow unless they would disclose the
                          virgin. Then the same student came to them on the morrow to see them, et
                          invenit, &etc

                          Or it is Brenainn that made this hymn navigans mare etc.

                          Now came Brenainn thereafter to Kildare to Brigit that he might know why the
                          monster in mare had given honour to Brigit beyond the saints besides.

                          Now, when Brenainn reached Brigit he asked her to confess in what wise the
                          love of God was with her. Said Brigit to Brenainn, "Give thou, O cleric, thy
                          confession prius and I will give (mine) thereafter." Said Brenainn, " From
                          the day I took orders I never went over seven furrows without my mind
                          (being) on God." " Good is the confession," quoth Brigit " Do thou, now, O
                          nun," quoth Brenainn, " give thy confession." . " By the Son of the Virgin,"
                          quoth she, " from the hour I set my mind on Him I never took it from Him." "
                          By God, O nun," quoth Brenainn, " the monsters are right though they give
                          honour to thee beyond us"'

                          Or it is Ultan of Ardbreccáin who made this hymn. For Brigit's praise he
                          made it. For he was of Dal Conchobair, and so it was with Brigit's mother,
                          namely, Broicsech daughter of Dallbrónach. In the time, however, of the two
                          sons of Aed Sláne it was made besides, for it is they that killed Suibne son
                          of Colman Mór on one hand of Ultan. In Ardbreccan, moreover, it was made.

                          The Hymn

                          Brigit, excellent woman, a flame golden, delightful,
                          May (she), the sun dazzling splendid, bear us to the eternal kingdom!
                          May Brigit save us beyond throngs of demons!
                          May she overthrow before us (the) battles of every disease!
                          May she destroy within us our flesh's taxes
                          The branch with blossoms, the mother of Jesus!
                          The true virgin, dear, with vast dignity :
                          May I be safe always, with my saint of the Lagenians!
                          One of the pillars of (the) Kingdom with Patrick the pre-eminent,
                          The vesture over liga, the Queen of Queens!
                          Let our bodies after old age be in sackcloth
                          With her grace may Brigit rain on us, save us !

                          Whitley Stokes (ed.) Goidelica - Old and Early Middle-Irish Glosses, Prose
                          and Verse, 2nd edition,(London, 1892), 133-7.

                          http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/ultans-hymn-in-praise-of-brigit-brigit.html


                          Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                          Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                          --------------------------------------------------
                          See 3 December
                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                          Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                          Bishop of Lindisfarne
                          --------------------------------------------------
                          See his Life, 20 March
                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                          St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                          ------------------------------------------------------



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                          Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                          Message 12 of 14 , Sep 3, 2011
                            Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                            * St. Monessa of Ireland
                            * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                            * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                            * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                            * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                            St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                            ----------------------------------------
                            Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                            Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                            rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                            known about her
                            (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                            St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                            -------------------------------------------
                            7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                            said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                            apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                            children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                            founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                            to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                            life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                            Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                            Husenbeth).

                            ****************************************************
                            Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                            Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                            ****************************************************

                            As we saw from O'Hanlon's account, Saint Ultan is said to be the author of a
                            hymn to Saint Brigid, Brigit Bé Bithmaith, and was believed by Colgan to be
                            the author of one of her Lives. Saint Ultan is only one of a number of
                            suggested authors for this hymn, which came into public view again in the
                            19th century with the publication of the two-volume work The Irish Liber
                            Hymnorum. This hymnbook of the early Irish church, contains a number of
                            hymns traditionally associated with various Irish saints, prefaced with
                            accounts of their supposed authorship and date. The translation below of
                            Brigit Bé Bithmaith and its preface are taken from Goidelica, an anthology
                            of texts and translations by Whitley Stokes. The preface starts by listing
                            four other potential authors besides Saint Ultan. The first candidate is
                            Saint Columcille who composed the hymn as a protection in a storm.
                            Alternatively, there is the possibility that three of Saint Brigid's own
                            monastic familia composed it as a protection against poison while travelling
                            to Rome, or Brocc the squinting, to whom is attributed another famous hymn,
                            Ní car Brigit, may have been the author. Next comes a charming tale of Saint
                            Brendan the Navigator, who is somewhat put out to find that Saint Brigid's
                            reputation for sanctity is more feared by the monsters of the sea than his
                            own and decides to find out why. Finally, Saint Ultan's claim is staked, and
                            his monastery of Ardbraccan given as the place of composition. Note that
                            Stokes himself calls the text 'Ultan's Hymn in Praise of Brigit'. It is
                            clear from the preface that no matter who the original author was, the hymn
                            was used a powerful lorica of protection, asking for the intercession of
                            Saint Brigid against the principalities and powers while praising her
                            burning brightness. Brigit, excellent woman! Who will argue with that?

                            IV. ULTAN'S HYMN IN PRAISE OF BRIGIT.
                            (Lib, Hymn, 166.)

                            The Preface

                            Brigit excellent woman! It may be Colum-cille that made this hymn, and in
                            the time of Aed son of Ainmire he made it ; in . (?) he made it. This is the
                            cause of making it. A great storm came to Colum-cille when he was going over
                            sea, and he came into Breccán's Caldron, and besought Brigit that a calm
                            might come unto him, and he said 'Brigit bé bithmaith'.

                            Or it is Brocc the squinting that made it, and at the same time as 'Ní car
                            Brigit' was made.

                            Or it is three of Brigit's family that made it. They were going to Rome and
                            reached Placentia, and a man of the city met them outside and asked them
                            whether they needed hospitality. They said that they needed it. Then he took
                            them with him to his house, and a student, on his way from Rome, met them
                            there and asked them whence they came and why they came. They said "for
                            hospitality." " It is a mistake," says he, "for that is the custom of this
                            man to kill his guests," and they asked that through the student's teaching.
                            So poison was given to them in ale, and they praised Brigit for the saving
                            of them, and they sang Brigit bé bithmaith. They drank the ale with the
                            poison, and it did no harm to them. So the man of the house came to see
                            whether the poison had killed them, and he beheld them alive, and he beheld
                            a comely virgin amongst them. Thereafter he came in, and was seeking the
                            virgin, and found her not, and he asked of them, "Why has the virgin gone?"
                            And they said they had not seen her at all. Then a chain was put upon them,
                            that they might be killed on the morrow unless they would disclose the
                            virgin. Then the same student came to them on the morrow to see them, et
                            invenit, &etc

                            Or it is Brenainn that made this hymn navigans mare etc.

                            Now came Brenainn thereafter to Kildare to Brigit that he might know why the
                            monster in mare had given honour to Brigit beyond the saints besides.

                            Now, when Brenainn reached Brigit he asked her to confess in what wise the
                            love of God was with her. Said Brigit to Brenainn, "Give thou, O cleric, thy
                            confession prius and I will give (mine) thereafter." Said Brenainn, " From
                            the day I took orders I never went over seven furrows without my mind
                            (being) on God." " Good is the confession," quoth Brigit " Do thou, now, O
                            nun," quoth Brenainn, " give thy confession." . " By the Son of the Virgin,"
                            quoth she, " from the hour I set my mind on Him I never took it from Him." "
                            By God, O nun," quoth Brenainn, " the monsters are right though they give
                            honour to thee beyond us"'

                            Or it is Ultan of Ardbreccáin who made this hymn. For Brigit's praise he
                            made it. For he was of Dal Conchobair, and so it was with Brigit's mother,
                            namely, Broicsech daughter of Dallbrónach. In the time, however, of the two
                            sons of Aed Sláne it was made besides, for it is they that killed Suibne son
                            of Colman Mór on one hand of Ultan. In Ardbreccan, moreover, it was made.

                            The Hymn

                            Brigit, excellent woman, a flame golden, delightful,
                            May (she), the sun dazzling splendid, bear us to the eternal kingdom!
                            May Brigit save us beyond throngs of demons!
                            May she overthrow before us (the) battles of every disease!
                            May she destroy within us our flesh's taxes
                            The branch with blossoms, the mother of Jesus!
                            The true virgin, dear, with vast dignity :
                            May I be safe always, with my saint of the Lagenians!
                            One of the pillars of (the) Kingdom with Patrick the pre-eminent,
                            The vesture over liga, the Queen of Queens!
                            Let our bodies after old age be in sackcloth
                            With her grace may Brigit rain on us, save us !

                            Whitley Stokes (ed.) Goidelica - Old and Early Middle-Irish Glosses, Prose
                            and Verse, 2nd edition,(London, 1892), 133-7.

                            http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/ultans-hymn-in-praise-of-brigit-b\
                            rigit.html


                            Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                            Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                            --------------------------------------------------
                            See 3 December
                            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                            Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                            Bishop of Lindisfarne
                            --------------------------------------------------
                            See his Life, 20 March
                            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                            St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                            ------------------------------------------------------



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                            Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                            Message 13 of 14 , Sep 4, 2012
                              Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                              * St. Monessa of Ireland
                              * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                              * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                              * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                              * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                              St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                              ----------------------------------------
                              Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                              Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                              rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                              known about her
                              (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                              St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                              -------------------------------------------
                              7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                              said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                              apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                              children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                              founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                              to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                              life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                              Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                              Husenbeth).

                              ****************************************************
                              Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                              Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                              ****************************************************

                              As we saw from O'Hanlon's account, Saint Ultan is said to be the author of a
                              hymn to Saint Brigid, Brigit Bé Bithmaith, and was believed by Colgan to be
                              the author of one of her Lives. Saint Ultan is only one of a number of
                              suggested authors for this hymn, which came into public view again in the
                              19th century with the publication of the two-volume work The Irish Liber
                              Hymnorum. This hymnbook of the early Irish church, contains a number of
                              hymns traditionally associated with various Irish saints, prefaced with
                              accounts of their supposed authorship and date. The translation below of
                              Brigit Bé Bithmaith and its preface are taken from Goidelica, an anthology
                              of texts and translations by Whitley Stokes. The preface starts by listing
                              four other potential authors besides Saint Ultan. The first candidate is
                              Saint Columcille who composed the hymn as a protection in a storm.
                              Alternatively, there is the possibility that three of Saint Brigid's own
                              monastic familia composed it as a protection against poison while travelling
                              to Rome, or Brocc the squinting, to whom is attributed another famous hymn,
                              Ní car Brigit, may have been the author. Next comes a charming tale of Saint
                              Brendan the Navigator, who is somewhat put out to find that Saint Brigid's
                              reputation for sanctity is more feared by the monsters of the sea than his
                              own and decides to find out why. Finally, Saint Ultan's claim is staked, and
                              his monastery of Ardbraccan given as the place of composition. Note that
                              Stokes himself calls the text 'Ultan's Hymn in Praise of Brigit'. It is
                              clear from the preface that no matter who the original author was, the hymn
                              was used a powerful lorica of protection, asking for the intercession of
                              Saint Brigid against the principalities and powers while praising her
                              burning brightness. Brigit, excellent woman! Who will argue with that?

                              IV. ULTAN'S HYMN IN PRAISE OF BRIGIT.
                              (Lib, Hymn, 166.)

                              The Preface

                              Brigit excellent woman! It may be Colum-cille that made this hymn, and in
                              the time of Aed son of Ainmire he made it ; in . (?) he made it. This is the
                              cause of making it. A great storm came to Colum-cille when he was going over
                              sea, and he came into Breccán's Caldron, and besought Brigit that a calm
                              might come unto him, and he said 'Brigit bé bithmaith'.

                              Or it is Brocc the squinting that made it, and at the same time as 'Ní car
                              Brigit' was made.

                              Or it is three of Brigit's family that made it. They were going to Rome and
                              reached Placentia, and a man of the city met them outside and asked them
                              whether they needed hospitality. They said that they needed it. Then he took
                              them with him to his house, and a student, on his way from Rome, met them
                              there and asked them whence they came and why they came. They said "for
                              hospitality." " It is a mistake," says he, "for that is the custom of this
                              man to kill his guests," and they asked that through the student's teaching.
                              So poison was given to them in ale, and they praised Brigit for the saving
                              of them, and they sang Brigit bé bithmaith. They drank the ale with the
                              poison, and it did no harm to them. So the man of the house came to see
                              whether the poison had killed them, and he beheld them alive, and he beheld
                              a comely virgin amongst them. Thereafter he came in, and was seeking the
                              virgin, and found her not, and he asked of them, "Why has the virgin gone?"
                              And they said they had not seen her at all. Then a chain was put upon them,
                              that they might be killed on the morrow unless they would disclose the
                              virgin. Then the same student came to them on the morrow to see them, et
                              invenit, &etc

                              Or it is Brenainn that made this hymn navigans mare etc.

                              Now came Brenainn thereafter to Kildare to Brigit that he might know why the
                              monster in mare had given honour to Brigit beyond the saints besides.

                              Now, when Brenainn reached Brigit he asked her to confess in what wise the
                              love of God was with her. Said Brigit to Brenainn, "Give thou, O cleric, thy
                              confession prius and I will give (mine) thereafter." Said Brenainn, " From
                              the day I took orders I never went over seven furrows without my mind
                              (being) on God." " Good is the confession," quoth Brigit " Do thou, now, O
                              nun," quoth Brenainn, " give thy confession." . " By the Son of the Virgin,"
                              quoth she, " from the hour I set my mind on Him I never took it from Him." "
                              By God, O nun," quoth Brenainn, " the monsters are right though they give
                              honour to thee beyond us"'

                              Or it is Ultan of Ardbreccáin who made this hymn. For Brigit's praise he
                              made it. For he was of Dal Conchobair, and so it was with Brigit's mother,
                              namely, Broicsech daughter of Dallbrónach. In the time, however, of the two
                              sons of Aed Sláne it was made besides, for it is they that killed Suibne son
                              of Colman Mór on one hand of Ultan. In Ardbreccan, moreover, it was made.

                              The Hymn

                              Brigit, excellent woman, a flame golden, delightful,
                              May (she), the sun dazzling splendid, bear us to the eternal kingdom!
                              May Brigit save us beyond throngs of demons!
                              May she overthrow before us (the) battles of every disease!
                              May she destroy within us our flesh's taxes
                              The branch with blossoms, the mother of Jesus!
                              The true virgin, dear, with vast dignity :
                              May I be safe always, with my saint of the Lagenians!
                              One of the pillars of (the) Kingdom with Patrick the pre-eminent,
                              The vesture over liga, the Queen of Queens!
                              Let our bodies after old age be in sackcloth
                              With her grace may Brigit rain on us, save us !

                              Whitley Stokes (ed.) Goidelica - Old and Early Middle-Irish Glosses, Prose
                              and Verse, 2nd edition,(London, 1892), 133-7.

                              http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/ultans-hymn-in-praise-of-brigit-b\
                              \
                              rigit.html


                              Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
                              Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames and Enlightener of Wessex
                              --------------------------------------------------
                              See 3 December
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/643


                              Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
                              Bishop of Lindisfarne
                              --------------------------------------------------
                              See his Life, 20 March
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/749



                              St. Rhuddlad, Virgin of Anglesey, Wales
                              ------------------------------------------------------



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                              Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Monessa of Ireland * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan * St. Birinus
                              Message 14 of 14 , Sep 3, 2013
                                Celtic and Old English Saints 4 September

                                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                * St. Monessa of Ireland
                                * St. Ultan of Ardbraccan
                                * St. Birinus of Dorchester-on-Thames
                                * St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
                                * St. Rhuddlad of Anglesey
                                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                                St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin
                                ----------------------------------------
                                Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an
                                Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
                                rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is
                                known about her
                                (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                                St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop
                                -------------------------------------------
                                7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is
                                said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
                                apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for
                                children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
                                founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported
                                to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
                                life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the
                                Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer,
                                Husenbeth).

                                ****************************************************
                                Through the prayers of St Ultan and of all the Saints of Ireland,
                                Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!
                                ****************************************************

                                As we saw from O'Hanlon's account, Saint Ultan is said to be the author of a
                                hymn to Saint Brigid, Brigit Bé Bithmaith, and was believed by Colgan to be
                                the author of one of her Lives. Saint Ultan is only one of a number of
                                suggested authors for this hymn, which came into public view again in the
                                19th century with the publication of the two-volume work The Irish Liber
                                Hymnorum. This hymnbook of the early Irish church, contains a number of
                                hymns traditionally associated with various Irish saints, prefaced with
                                accounts of their supposed authorship and date. The translation below of
                                Brigit Bé Bithmaith and its preface are taken from Goidelica, an anthology
                                of texts and translations by Whitley Stokes. The preface starts by listing
                                four other potential authors besides Saint Ultan. The first candidate is
                                Saint Columcille who composed the hymn as a protection in a storm.
                                Alternatively, there is the possibility that three of Saint Brigid's own
                                monastic familia composed it as a protection against poison while travelling
                                to Rome, or Brocc the squinting, to whom is attributed another famous hymn,
                                Ní car Brigit, may have been the author. Next comes a charming tale of Saint
                                Brendan the Navigator, who is somewhat put out to find that Saint Brigid's
                                reputation for sanctity is more feared by the monsters of the sea than his
                                own and decides to find out why. Finally, Saint Ultan's claim is staked, and
                                his monastery of Ardbraccan given as the place of composition. Note that
                                Stokes himself calls the text 'Ultan's Hymn in Praise of Brigit'. It is
                                clear from the preface that no matter who the original author was, the hymn
                                was used a powerful lorica of protection, asking for the intercession of
                                Saint Brigid against the principalities and powers while praising her
                                burning brightness. Brigit, excellent woman! Who will argue with that?

                                IV. ULTAN'S HYMN IN PRAISE OF BRIGIT.
                                (Lib, Hymn, 166.)

                                The Preface

                                Brigit excellent woman! It may be Colum-cille that made this hymn, and in
                                the time of Aed son of Ainmire he made it ; in . (?) he made it. This is the
                                cause of making it. A great storm came to Colum-cille when he was going over
                                sea, and he came into Breccán's Caldron, and besought Brigit that a calm
                                might come unto him, and he said 'Brigit bé bithmaith'.

                                Or it is Brocc the squinting that made it, and at the same time as 'Ní car
                                Brigit' was made.

                                Or it is three of Brigit's family that made it. They were going to Rome and
                                reached Placentia, and a man of the city met them outside and asked them
                                whether they needed hospitality. They said that they needed it. Then he took
                                them with him to his house, and a student, on his way from Rome, met them
                                there and asked them whence they came and why they came. They said "for
                                hospitality." " It is a mistake," says he, "for that is the custom of this
                                man to kill his guests," and they asked that through the student's teaching.
                                So poison was given to them in ale, and they praised Brigit for the saving
                                of them, and they sang Brigit bé bithmaith. They drank the ale with the
                                poison, and it did no harm to them. So the man of the house came to see
                                whether the poison had killed them, and he beheld them alive, and he beheld
                                a comely virgin amongst them. Thereafter he came in, and was seeking the
                                virgin, and found her not, and he asked of them, "Why has the virgin gone?"
                                And they said they had not seen her at all. Then a chain was put upon them,
                                that they might be killed on the morrow unless they would disclose the
                                virgin. Then the same student came to them on the morrow to see them, et
                                invenit, &etc

                                Or it is Brenainn that made this hymn navigans mare etc.

                                Now came Brenainn thereafter to Kildare to Brigit that he might know why the
                                monster in mare had given honour to Brigit beyond the saints besides.

                                Now, when Brenainn reached Brigit he asked her to confess in what wise the
                                love of God was with her. Said Brigit to Brenainn, "Give thou, O cleric, thy
                                confession prius and I will give (mine) thereafter." Said Brenainn, " From
                                the day I took orders I never went over seven furrows without my mind
                                (being) on God." " Good is the confession," quoth Brigit " Do thou, now, O
                                nun," quoth Brenainn, " give thy confession." . " By the Son of the Virgin,"
                                quoth she, " from the hour I set my mind on Him I never took it from Him." "
                                By God, O nun," quoth Brenainn, " the monsters are right though they give
                                honour to thee beyond us"'

                                Or it is Ultan of Ardbreccáin who made this hymn. For Brigit's praise he
                                made it. For he was of Dal Conchobair, and so it was with Brigit's mother,
                                namely, Broicsech daughter of Dallbrónach. In the time, however, of the two
                                sons of Aed Sláne it was made besides, for it is they that killed Suibne son
                                of Colman Mór on one hand of Ultan. In Ardbreccan, moreover, it was made.

                                The Hymn

                                Brigit, excellent woman, a flame golden, delightful,
                                May (she), the sun dazzling splendid, bear us to the eternal kingdom!
                                May Brigit save us beyond throngs of demons!
                                May she overthrow before us (the) battles of every disease!
                                May she destroy within us our flesh's taxes
                                The branch with blossoms, the mother of Jesus!
                                The true virgin, dear, with vast dignity :
                                May I be safe always, with my saint of the Lagenians!
                                One of the pillars of (the) Kingdom with Patrick the pre-eminent,
                                The vesture over liga, the Queen of Queens!
                                Let our bodies after old age be in sackcloth
                                With her grace may Brigit rain on us, save us !

                                Whitley Stokes (ed.) Goidelica - Old and Early Middle-Irish Glosses, Prose
                                and Verse, 2nd edition,(London, 1892), 133-7.

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                                Translation of the Relics of St.Birinus,
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                                Translation of the Relics of St. Cuthbert,
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