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    Celtic and Old English Saints 30 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Honorius of Canterbury * St. Midan of Anglesey * St.
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      Celtic and Old English Saints          30 September

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      * St. Honorius of Canterbury
      * St. Midan of Anglesey
      * St. Enghenedl of Wales
      * St. Lery of Brittany
      * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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      St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
      ------------------------------------------------
      Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
      Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
      evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
      succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
      was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
      He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
      a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
      Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
      the duly selected successor of the other.

      During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
      took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
      to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


      St. Midan (Nidan)
      ------------------------
      Died c. 610.

      Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
      Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
      having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
      in Anglesea.

      Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
      of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
      might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
      journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
      the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
      as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

      The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
      certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
      of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
      Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
      parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
      Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
      was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
      of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
      irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
      looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
      the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
      served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
      of Mar known as Midmar.

      Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
      circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
      population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
      for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
      Finan established a church at another of the important administration
      centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

      For a map and some photographs please see
      http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

      Troparion of St Midan tone 8
      Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
      to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
      with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
      that our souls may be saved.


      St. Enghenedl of Wales
      ---------------------------------
      Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
      Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
      (Benedictines).


      St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
      -------------------------------------------------------
      Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
      he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
      on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
      Encyclopaedia).


      Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
      ----------------------------------------------------------
      Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
      of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
      men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
      may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
      were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
      millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
      1) (Farmer).

      Sources:
      ========

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

      Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
      Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

      Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
      Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

      For All the Saints:
      http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

      These Lives are archived at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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    • emrys@globe.net.nz
      Celtic and Old English Saints 30 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Honorius of Canterbury * St. Midan of Anglesey * St.
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        Celtic and Old English Saints 30 September

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        * St. Honorius of Canterbury
        * St. Midan of Anglesey
        * St. Enghenedl of Wales
        * St. Lery of Brittany
        * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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        St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
        ------------------------------------------------
        Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
        Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
        evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
        succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
        was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
        He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
        a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
        Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
        the duly selected successor of the other.

        During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
        took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
        to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


        St. Midan (Nidan)
        ------------------------
        Died c. 610.

        Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
        Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
        having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
        in Anglesea.

        Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
        of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
        might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
        journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
        the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
        as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

        The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
        certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
        of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
        Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
        parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
        Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
        was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
        of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
        irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
        looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
        the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
        served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
        of Mar known as Midmar.

        Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
        circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
        population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
        for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
        Finan established a church at another of the important administration
        centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

        For a map and some photographs please see
        http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

        Troparion of St Midan tone 8
        Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
        to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
        with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
        that our souls may be saved.


        St. Enghenedl of Wales
        ---------------------------------
        Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
        Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
        (Benedictines).


        St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
        -------------------------------------------------------
        Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
        he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
        on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
        Encyclopaedia).


        Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
        ----------------------------------------------------------
        Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
        of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
        men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
        may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
        were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
        millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
        1) (Farmer).

        Sources:
        ========

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

        Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
        Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

        Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
        Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

        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 30 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Honorius of Canterbury * St. Midan of Anglesey * St.
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          Celtic and Old English Saints 30 September

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          * St. Honorius of Canterbury
          * St. Midan of Anglesey
          * St. Enghenedl of Wales
          * St. Lery of Brittany
          * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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          St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
          ------------------------------------------------
          Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
          Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
          evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
          succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
          was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
          He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
          a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
          Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
          the duly selected successor of the other.

          During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
          took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
          to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


          St. Midan (Nidan)
          ------------------------
          Died c. 610.

          Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
          Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
          having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
          in Anglesea.

          Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
          of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
          might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
          journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
          the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
          as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

          The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
          certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
          of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
          Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
          parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
          Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
          was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
          of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
          irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
          looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
          the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
          served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
          of Mar known as Midmar.

          Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
          circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
          population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
          for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
          Finan established a church at another of the important administration
          centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

          For a map and some photographs please see
          http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

          Troparion of St Midan tone 8
          Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
          to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
          with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
          that our souls may be saved.


          St. Enghenedl of Wales
          ---------------------------------
          Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
          Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
          (Benedictines).


          St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
          -------------------------------------------------------
          Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
          he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
          on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
          Encyclopaedia).


          Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
          ----------------------------------------------------------
          Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
          of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
          men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
          may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
          were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
          millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
          1) (Farmer).

          Sources:
          ========

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

          Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
          Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

          Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
          Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

          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 30 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Honorius of Canterbury * St. Midan of Anglesey * St. Brigid
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            Celtic and Old English Saints 30 September

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            * St. Honorius of Canterbury
            * St. Midan of Anglesey
            * St. Brigid of Cluainfidhe or Kilbreedy
            * St. Enghenedl of Wales
            * St. Lery of Brittany
            * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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            St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
            ------------------------------------------------
            Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
            Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
            evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
            succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
            was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
            He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
            a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
            Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
            the duly selected successor of the other.

            During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
            took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
            to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


            St. Midan (Nidan)
            ------------------------
            Died c. 610.

            Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
            Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
            having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
            in Anglesea.

            Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
            of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
            might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
            journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
            the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
            as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

            The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
            certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
            of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
            Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
            parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
            Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
            was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
            of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
            irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
            looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
            the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
            served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
            of Mar known as Midmar.

            Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
            circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
            population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
            for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
            Finan established a church at another of the important administration
            centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

            For a map and some photographs please see
            http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

            Troparion of St Midan tone 8
            Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
            to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
            with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
            that our souls may be saved.



            St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or Kilbreedy
            -------------------------------------------------

            The very last day of September sees the commemoration on the Irish calendars
            of a Saint Brigid, who is otherwise left unidentified. O'Hanlon identifies
            the two main candidates who may claim to be commemorated on this day. The
            first is a holy woman mentioned in the Life of Saint Senan (feastday 8th
            March) and the second an unknown female saint associated with a holy well
            and church at Kilbreedy (literally 'Brigid's church') in County Laois (or
            Queen's County as it was called in O'Hanlon's time). I am not sure that he
            really proves either case convincingly, but this mystery Saint Brigid is a
            good example of the large number of Irish saints who are recorded in our
            martyrologies without any further clues to their identity.

            St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or perhaps of Kilbreedy, Queen's County.

            In the published Martyrology of Tallagh, the feast of St. Brigitta is thus
            simply recorded, at the 30th of September. In the Book of Leinster copy, at
            this day, there is a similar entry. Without any further designation, Brigit
            is entered in the Feilire of Marianus O'Gorman, at this day. In the
            Martyrology of Charles Maguire, as in the Martyrologies of Tallagh and of
            Marianus O'Gorman, the feast of a St. Brigid is entered at the 30th of
            September.

            Among the holy women, who are recorded as having flourished in the Irish
            church, there is a St. Brigid, who was daughter to Conchraid, and she
            belonged to the family of Mactail. Colgan says, this family seems to have
            been derived, from the Kings of Munster, having issued from the race of
            Oengus, King over that province. From this line, St. Mactail the Bishop was
            descended. Or perhaps, the family of Mactail was derived from the O'Brien
            sept. Cassius, surnamed Tallins, had several sons, among whom were Blodius,
            Cassius, Sedneus, and Delbatius. Hence it happens, that some one of these,
            or of their posterity-especially Blodius' children, who inherited the
            chieftainship-might be considered as belonging to the family of Mactail. The
            word itself signifies son of Tallius. If Colgan's conjecture be correct,
            those circumstances connected with the family and place of her residence
            point out St. Brigid, who is venerated on the 30th of September, as the one
            mentioned in St. Senan's Second Life. From it we are able to procure the
            following account of her.

            We are told there, how St. Brigid, a holy virgin, had established herself in
            a cell, on the banks of the river Shannon, and at a place, called Clain in
            fidi, or Cluainfidhe. Whilst there, she had prepared a cloak or chasuble for
            St. Senan, which she desired sent to him, but had not the necessary means
            for transport. However, she covered the vestment with hay, and having placed
            it, with some letters, in an osier
            basket, which floated out on the river, the result was committed to a
            providential issue. The letters were directed to St. Senan, and contained a
            request, that he would send the Most Holy Sacrament to her. By a miracle of
            Divine Providence, and without any human direction, the basket floated out
            into the bed of the Shannon, which at this point was very wide; and, at
            length it landed on the Island shore, near the church of St. Senan. This
            circumstance, being revealed to the holy man, he called one of his
            disciples, who was a Deacon. He was desired to bring the basket, which lay
            on the shore, to the monastery. Having fulfilled such orders, Senan took the
            vestment and letters contained in the basket. He then placed therein, as we
            are told, two portions of salt and a pixis containing the Sacred Host. He
            next ordered, in the name of God, to whom every creature owes obedience,
            that the basket should return by the same way it had come, and restore to
            St. Brigid one of the lumps of salt and the pixis it contained ; and that it
            should bear the other portion of salt, to St. Diermit, who dwelt in the
            monastery of Inis-clothrand. According to St. Senan's mandate, the basket
            returned to St. Brigid. She took out therefrom the pixis, and one of the
            salt portions. Before she had time to remove the other, the basket was
            carried off by motion of the water; and it sailed, by a direct course,
            against the river's current until it arrived at Inisclothrand. Having
            understood what had occurred through a Divine revelation, St. Diermit went
            forth, and brought the basket to his monastery with much joy. He gave thanks
            to God, for the wonder wrought through his holy servant, St. Senan.

            Of the thirteen saints bearing this name, as mentioned by our Irish
            Martyrologists, Colgan supposed the circumstance already related can only
            apply to that St. Brigid, who was venerated on the 30th of September.
            However, in the Third and Fourth Lives of St. Brigid, such anecdote was
            transferred to her, with this variation, that the basket or box was
            entrusted to the ocean, and had to pass over a very great round and extent
            of sea. Such a transaction-in which there is nothing improbable-was
            transformed into a marvellous story, which has probably helped to give rise
            to the opinion, that Senan was established at Inniscatthy before the death
            of St. Brigid.

            A St. Brighit, or Bride, seems to have been venerated in the Parish of
            Bordwell, Queen's County. There had been a pattern at a Bride's Well, not
            far from the old church and castle of Kilbreedy, and it was held between the
            close of harvest and the month of November. Of this I was assured by an old
            man- in 1870 considerably over 80 years of age- but he could not recollect
            the exact day on which the pattern had been kept. No other saint bearing the
            name of Brigid seems so likely to correspond with her to whom allusion has
            been here made. The old church of Kilbreedy lies about a mile from
            Rathdowney. Measured outside the old walls, it is 50 feet in length, by 24
            feet in breadth. The walls of limestone are nearly four feet in thickness,
            and were well built, but only the lower portions now remain. The church and
            grave-yard are evidently very ancient ; but both have been enclosed by a
            modern and well-built wall, with an iron-gate set up for entrance. Many
            graves and magnificent hawthorn trees are within the grave-yard enclosure.
            The remarkable fort of Middlemount rises to a considerable elevation, at
            some little distance, and on the opposite side of the high road. Concentric
            and diminishing circular fosses surround it, and ascend to the terminating
            irregular cone.

            The festival of Brighit is set down, without further clue for
            identification, in the Martyrology of Donegal, at the 30th day of September.

            http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/mystery-saint-brigid-at-end-of.html



            St. Enghenedl of Wales
            ---------------------------------
            Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
            Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
            (Benedictines).


            St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
            -------------------------------------------------------
            Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
            he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
            on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
            Encyclopaedia).


            Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
            ----------------------------------------------------------
            Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
            of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
            men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
            may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
            were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
            millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
            1) (Farmer).

            Sources:
            ========

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

            Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
            Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

            Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
            Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

            For All the Saints:
            http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

            These Lives are archived at:
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
            *****************************************
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              * St. Honorius of Canterbury
              * St. Midan of Anglesey
              * St. Brigid of Cluainfidhe or Kilbreedy
              * St. Enghenedl of Wales
              * St. Lery of Brittany
              * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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              St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
              ------------------------------------------------
              Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
              Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
              evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
              succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
              was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
              He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
              a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
              Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
              the duly selected successor of the other.

              During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
              took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
              to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


              St. Midan (Nidan)
              ------------------------
              Died c. 610.

              Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
              Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
              having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
              in Anglesea.

              Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
              of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
              might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
              journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
              the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
              as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

              The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
              certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
              of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
              Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
              parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
              Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
              was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
              of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
              irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
              looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
              the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
              served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
              of Mar known as Midmar.

              Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
              circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
              population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
              for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
              Finan established a church at another of the important administration
              centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

              For a map and some photographs please see
              http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

              Troparion of St Midan tone 8
              Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
              to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
              with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
              that our souls may be saved.



              St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or Kilbreedy
              -------------------------------------------------

              The very last day of September sees the commemoration on the Irish calendars
              of a Saint Brigid, who is otherwise left unidentified. O'Hanlon identifies
              the two main candidates who may claim to be commemorated on this day. The
              first is a holy woman mentioned in the Life of Saint Senan (feastday 8th
              March) and the second an unknown female saint associated with a holy well
              and church at Kilbreedy (literally 'Brigid's church') in County Laois (or
              Queen's County as it was called in O'Hanlon's time). I am not sure that he
              really proves either case convincingly, but this mystery Saint Brigid is a
              good example of the large number of Irish saints who are recorded in our
              martyrologies without any further clues to their identity.

              St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or perhaps of Kilbreedy, Queen's County.

              In the published Martyrology of Tallagh, the feast of St. Brigitta is thus
              simply recorded, at the 30th of September. In the Book of Leinster copy, at
              this day, there is a similar entry. Without any further designation, Brigit
              is entered in the Feilire of Marianus O'Gorman, at this day. In the
              Martyrology of Charles Maguire, as in the Martyrologies of Tallagh and of
              Marianus O'Gorman, the feast of a St. Brigid is entered at the 30th of
              September.

              Among the holy women, who are recorded as having flourished in the Irish
              church, there is a St. Brigid, who was daughter to Conchraid, and she
              belonged to the family of Mactail. Colgan says, this family seems to have
              been derived, from the Kings of Munster, having issued from the race of
              Oengus, King over that province. From this line, St. Mactail the Bishop was
              descended. Or perhaps, the family of Mactail was derived from the O'Brien
              sept. Cassius, surnamed Tallins, had several sons, among whom were Blodius,
              Cassius, Sedneus, and Delbatius. Hence it happens, that some one of these,
              or of their posterity-especially Blodius' children, who inherited the
              chieftainship-might be considered as belonging to the family of Mactail. The
              word itself signifies son of Tallius. If Colgan's conjecture be correct,
              those circumstances connected with the family and place of her residence
              point out St. Brigid, who is venerated on the 30th of September, as the one
              mentioned in St. Senan's Second Life. From it we are able to procure the
              following account of her.

              We are told there, how St. Brigid, a holy virgin, had established herself in
              a cell, on the banks of the river Shannon, and at a place, called Clain in
              fidi, or Cluainfidhe. Whilst there, she had prepared a cloak or chasuble for
              St. Senan, which she desired sent to him, but had not the necessary means
              for transport. However, she covered the vestment with hay, and having placed
              it, with some letters, in an osier
              basket, which floated out on the river, the result was committed to a
              providential issue. The letters were directed to St. Senan, and contained a
              request, that he would send the Most Holy Sacrament to her. By a miracle of
              Divine Providence, and without any human direction, the basket floated out
              into the bed of the Shannon, which at this point was very wide; and, at
              length it landed on the Island shore, near the church of St. Senan. This
              circumstance, being revealed to the holy man, he called one of his
              disciples, who was a Deacon. He was desired to bring the basket, which lay
              on the shore, to the monastery. Having fulfilled such orders, Senan took the
              vestment and letters contained in the basket. He then placed therein, as we
              are told, two portions of salt and a pixis containing the Sacred Host. He
              next ordered, in the name of God, to whom every creature owes obedience,
              that the basket should return by the same way it had come, and restore to
              St. Brigid one of the lumps of salt and the pixis it contained ; and that it
              should bear the other portion of salt, to St. Diermit, who dwelt in the
              monastery of Inis-clothrand. According to St. Senan's mandate, the basket
              returned to St. Brigid. She took out therefrom the pixis, and one of the
              salt portions. Before she had time to remove the other, the basket was
              carried off by motion of the water; and it sailed, by a direct course,
              against the river's current until it arrived at Inisclothrand. Having
              understood what had occurred through a Divine revelation, St. Diermit went
              forth, and brought the basket to his monastery with much joy. He gave thanks
              to God, for the wonder wrought through his holy servant, St. Senan.

              Of the thirteen saints bearing this name, as mentioned by our Irish
              Martyrologists, Colgan supposed the circumstance already related can only
              apply to that St. Brigid, who was venerated on the 30th of September.
              However, in the Third and Fourth Lives of St. Brigid, such anecdote was
              transferred to her, with this variation, that the basket or box was
              entrusted to the ocean, and had to pass over a very great round and extent
              of sea. Such a transaction-in which there is nothing improbable-was
              transformed into a marvellous story, which has probably helped to give rise
              to the opinion, that Senan was established at Inniscatthy before the death
              of St. Brigid.

              A St. Brighit, or Bride, seems to have been venerated in the Parish of
              Bordwell, Queen's County. There had been a pattern at a Bride's Well, not
              far from the old church and castle of Kilbreedy, and it was held between the
              close of harvest and the month of November. Of this I was assured by an old
              man- in 1870 considerably over 80 years of age- but he could not recollect
              the exact day on which the pattern had been kept. No other saint bearing the
              name of Brigid seems so likely to correspond with her to whom allusion has
              been here made. The old church of Kilbreedy lies about a mile from
              Rathdowney. Measured outside the old walls, it is 50 feet in length, by 24
              feet in breadth. The walls of limestone are nearly four feet in thickness,
              and were well built, but only the lower portions now remain. The church and
              grave-yard are evidently very ancient ; but both have been enclosed by a
              modern and well-built wall, with an iron-gate set up for entrance. Many
              graves and magnificent hawthorn trees are within the grave-yard enclosure.
              The remarkable fort of Middlemount rises to a considerable elevation, at
              some little distance, and on the opposite side of the high road. Concentric
              and diminishing circular fosses surround it, and ascend to the terminating
              irregular cone.

              The festival of Brighit is set down, without further clue for
              identification, in the Martyrology of Donegal, at the 30th day of September.

              http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/mystery-saint-brigid-at-end-of.ht\
              ml



              St. Enghenedl of Wales
              ---------------------------------
              Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
              Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
              (Benedictines).


              St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
              -------------------------------------------------------
              Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
              he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
              on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
              Encyclopaedia).


              Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
              ----------------------------------------------------------
              Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
              of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
              men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
              may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
              were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
              millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
              1) (Farmer).

              Sources:
              ========

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

              Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
              Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

              Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
              Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

              For All the Saints:
              http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

              These Lives are archived at:
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
              *****************************************
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                * St. Honorius of Canterbury
                * St. Midan of Anglesey
                * St. Brigid of Cluainfidhe or Kilbreedy
                * St. Enghenedl of Wales
                * St. Lery of Brittany
                * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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                St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
                ------------------------------------------------
                Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
                Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
                evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
                succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
                was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
                He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
                a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
                Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
                the duly selected successor of the other.

                During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
                took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
                to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


                St. Midan (Nidan)
                ------------------------
                Died c. 610.

                Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
                Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
                having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
                in Anglesea.

                Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
                of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
                might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
                journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
                the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
                as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

                The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
                certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
                of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
                Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
                parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
                Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
                was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
                of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
                irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
                looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
                the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
                served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
                of Mar known as Midmar.

                Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
                circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
                population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
                for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
                Finan established a church at another of the important administration
                centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

                For a map and some photographs please see
                http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

                Troparion of St Midan tone 8
                Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
                to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
                with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
                that our souls may be saved.



                St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or Kilbreedy
                -------------------------------------------------

                The very last day of September sees the commemoration on the Irish calendars
                of a Saint Brigid, who is otherwise left unidentified. O'Hanlon identifies
                the two main candidates who may claim to be commemorated on this day. The
                first is a holy woman mentioned in the Life of Saint Senan (feastday 8th
                March) and the second an unknown female saint associated with a holy well
                and church at Kilbreedy (literally 'Brigid's church') in County Laois (or
                Queen's County as it was called in O'Hanlon's time). I am not sure that he
                really proves either case convincingly, but this mystery Saint Brigid is a
                good example of the large number of Irish saints who are recorded in our
                martyrologies without any further clues to their identity.

                St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or perhaps of Kilbreedy, Queen's County.

                In the published Martyrology of Tallagh, the feast of St. Brigitta is thus
                simply recorded, at the 30th of September. In the Book of Leinster copy, at
                this day, there is a similar entry. Without any further designation, Brigit
                is entered in the Feilire of Marianus O'Gorman, at this day. In the
                Martyrology of Charles Maguire, as in the Martyrologies of Tallagh and of
                Marianus O'Gorman, the feast of a St. Brigid is entered at the 30th of
                September.

                Among the holy women, who are recorded as having flourished in the Irish
                church, there is a St. Brigid, who was daughter to Conchraid, and she
                belonged to the family of Mactail. Colgan says, this family seems to have
                been derived, from the Kings of Munster, having issued from the race of
                Oengus, King over that province. From this line, St. Mactail the Bishop was
                descended. Or perhaps, the family of Mactail was derived from the O'Brien
                sept. Cassius, surnamed Tallins, had several sons, among whom were Blodius,
                Cassius, Sedneus, and Delbatius. Hence it happens, that some one of these,
                or of their posterity-especially Blodius' children, who inherited the
                chieftainship-might be considered as belonging to the family of Mactail. The
                word itself signifies son of Tallius. If Colgan's conjecture be correct,
                those circumstances connected with the family and place of her residence
                point out St. Brigid, who is venerated on the 30th of September, as the one
                mentioned in St. Senan's Second Life. From it we are able to procure the
                following account of her.

                We are told there, how St. Brigid, a holy virgin, had established herself in
                a cell, on the banks of the river Shannon, and at a place, called Clain in
                fidi, or Cluainfidhe. Whilst there, she had prepared a cloak or chasuble for
                St. Senan, which she desired sent to him, but had not the necessary means
                for transport. However, she covered the vestment with hay, and having placed
                it, with some letters, in an osier
                basket, which floated out on the river, the result was committed to a
                providential issue. The letters were directed to St. Senan, and contained a
                request, that he would send the Most Holy Sacrament to her. By a miracle of
                Divine Providence, and without any human direction, the basket floated out
                into the bed of the Shannon, which at this point was very wide; and, at
                length it landed on the Island shore, near the church of St. Senan. This
                circumstance, being revealed to the holy man, he called one of his
                disciples, who was a Deacon. He was desired to bring the basket, which lay
                on the shore, to the monastery. Having fulfilled such orders, Senan took the
                vestment and letters contained in the basket. He then placed therein, as we
                are told, two portions of salt and a pixis containing the Sacred Host. He
                next ordered, in the name of God, to whom every creature owes obedience,
                that the basket should return by the same way it had come, and restore to
                St. Brigid one of the lumps of salt and the pixis it contained ; and that it
                should bear the other portion of salt, to St. Diermit, who dwelt in the
                monastery of Inis-clothrand. According to St. Senan's mandate, the basket
                returned to St. Brigid. She took out therefrom the pixis, and one of the
                salt portions. Before she had time to remove the other, the basket was
                carried off by motion of the water; and it sailed, by a direct course,
                against the river's current until it arrived at Inisclothrand. Having
                understood what had occurred through a Divine revelation, St. Diermit went
                forth, and brought the basket to his monastery with much joy. He gave thanks
                to God, for the wonder wrought through his holy servant, St. Senan.

                Of the thirteen saints bearing this name, as mentioned by our Irish
                Martyrologists, Colgan supposed the circumstance already related can only
                apply to that St. Brigid, who was venerated on the 30th of September.
                However, in the Third and Fourth Lives of St. Brigid, such anecdote was
                transferred to her, with this variation, that the basket or box was
                entrusted to the ocean, and had to pass over a very great round and extent
                of sea. Such a transaction-in which there is nothing improbable-was
                transformed into a marvellous story, which has probably helped to give rise
                to the opinion, that Senan was established at Inniscatthy before the death
                of St. Brigid.

                A St. Brighit, or Bride, seems to have been venerated in the Parish of
                Bordwell, Queen's County. There had been a pattern at a Bride's Well, not
                far from the old church and castle of Kilbreedy, and it was held between the
                close of harvest and the month of November. Of this I was assured by an old
                man- in 1870 considerably over 80 years of age- but he could not recollect
                the exact day on which the pattern had been kept. No other saint bearing the
                name of Brigid seems so likely to correspond with her to whom allusion has
                been here made. The old church of Kilbreedy lies about a mile from
                Rathdowney. Measured outside the old walls, it is 50 feet in length, by 24
                feet in breadth. The walls of limestone are nearly four feet in thickness,
                and were well built, but only the lower portions now remain. The church and
                grave-yard are evidently very ancient ; but both have been enclosed by a
                modern and well-built wall, with an iron-gate set up for entrance. Many
                graves and magnificent hawthorn trees are within the grave-yard enclosure.
                The remarkable fort of Middlemount rises to a considerable elevation, at
                some little distance, and on the opposite side of the high road. Concentric
                and diminishing circular fosses surround it, and ascend to the terminating
                irregular cone.

                The festival of Brighit is set down, without further clue for
                identification, in the Martyrology of Donegal, at the 30th day of September.

                http://brigid-undertheoak.blogspot.com/2009/09/mystery-saint-brigid-at-end-of.ht\
                \
                ml



                St. Enghenedl of Wales
                ---------------------------------
                Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
                Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
                (Benedictines).


                St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
                -------------------------------------------------------
                Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
                he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
                on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
                Encyclopaedia).


                Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
                ----------------------------------------------------------
                Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
                of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
                men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
                may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
                were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
                millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
                1) (Farmer).

                Sources:
                ========

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

                Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
                Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

                Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

                For All the Saints:
                http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                These Lives are archived at:
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
                *****************************************
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                  * St. Honorius of Canterbury
                  * St. Midan of Anglesey
                  * St. Brigid of Cluainfidhe or Kilbreedy
                  * St. Enghenedl of Wales
                  * St. Lery of Brittany
                  * Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova
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                  St. Honorius of Canterbury, Bishop
                  ------------------------------------------------
                  Born in Rome, Italy; died at Canterbury, England, on September 30, 653.
                  Saint Gregory the Great (f.d. September 3) chose the monk Honorius to
                  evangelize England because of his great virtue and learning. Honorius
                  succeeded Saint Justus (f.d. November 10) as archbishop of Canterbury,
                  was consecrated at Lincoln by Bishop Saint Paulinus (f.d. October 10).
                  He received the pallium sent from Rome by Pope Honorius I, together with
                  a letter by the Pope's hand stating that whenever the sees of York or
                  Canterbury became vacant, the surviving archbishop should consecrated
                  the duly selected successor of the other.

                  During Honorius's episcopacy, the faith spread throughout the island and
                  took root in many hearts. He carefully selected and trained his clergy
                  to ensure their commitment to the Gospel (Bonniwell, Husenbeth).


                  St. Midan (Nidan)
                  ------------------------
                  Died c. 610.

                  Two of those who accompanied Kentigern on his return from Cwymru (Wales) to
                  Strathclyde were St Nidan and St Finan. Nidan is still remembered in Wales,
                  having had his name attached to the parish of Llanidan on the Menai Strait
                  in Anglesea.

                  Nidan was the grandson of Pasgen, son of Urien Rheged, and was thus a cousin
                  of St Kentigern who was the son of Owain, another of Urien's sons. This
                  might suggest that he may have been one of Mungo's companions when he
                  journeyed to Wales to escape from the dangers which threatened his safety in
                  the kingdom of Strathclyde. It is also said that Nidan followed his master
                  as ab of the Andat (parent community) of Kynor near Huntly.

                  The two churches bearing Nidan's name, at Strathdon and Midmar, are
                  certainly of ancient origin. Both, interestingly, lie near to, or as part
                  of, a motte of Norman origin. There was a chapel within the walls of the
                  Norman motte and bailey at Invernochty which is known to have served as the
                  parish church for many years. However, the mound is known as the Doune of
                  Invernochty - doune, from the Celtic word dun, a fort, tells us that this
                  was a seat of power for the Picts long before the Anglo.Norman infiltration
                  of Alba. It is entirely probable then that this dun would have been an
                  irresistible magnet to the missionaries who came with Kentigern and who
                  looked to found their churches at important Pictish settlements. At Midmar,
                  the church lies a little to the east of a mound known as the Cunningar which
                  served as the centre of administration for that part of the Pictish province
                  of Mar known as Midmar.

                  Somewhat to the north of this site there is a very ancient druidic stone
                  circle with its recumbent stone. Obviously, this was an important centre of
                  population for the local Pictish tribes and would have been a natural focus
                  for the missionary work of Nidan. In the same way, Nidan's colleague St
                  Finan established a church at another of the important administration
                  centres of the province at Migvie, from which Cromar was governed.

                  For a map and some photographs please see
                  http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/Saints/saints_nidan.htm

                  Troparion of St Midan tone 8
                  Amongst Angelsey's adornment of Saints,/ thy virtuous life shines forth
                  to illumine these islands, O Father Midan./ We pray thee to intercede
                  with Christ our God/ that His mercy, and not our weakness, will prevail
                  that our souls may be saved.



                  St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or Kilbreedy
                  -------------------------------------------------

                  The very last day of September sees the commemoration on the Irish calendars
                  of a Saint Brigid, who is otherwise left unidentified. O'Hanlon identifies
                  the two main candidates who may claim to be commemorated on this day. The
                  first is a holy woman mentioned in the Life of Saint Senan (feastday 8th
                  March) and the second an unknown female saint associated with a holy well
                  and church at Kilbreedy (literally 'Brigid's church') in County Laois (or
                  Queen's County as it was called in O'Hanlon's time). I am not sure that he
                  really proves either case convincingly, but this mystery Saint Brigid is a
                  good example of the large number of Irish saints who are recorded in our
                  martyrologies without any further clues to their identity.

                  St. Brigid, of Cluainfidhe, or perhaps of Kilbreedy, Queen's County.

                  In the published Martyrology of Tallagh, the feast of St. Brigitta is thus
                  simply recorded, at the 30th of September. In the Book of Leinster copy, at
                  this day, there is a similar entry. Without any further designation, Brigit
                  is entered in the Feilire of Marianus O'Gorman, at this day. In the
                  Martyrology of Charles Maguire, as in the Martyrologies of Tallagh and of
                  Marianus O'Gorman, the feast of a St. Brigid is entered at the 30th of
                  September.

                  Among the holy women, who are recorded as having flourished in the Irish
                  church, there is a St. Brigid, who was daughter to Conchraid, and she
                  belonged to the family of Mactail. Colgan says, this family seems to have
                  been derived, from the Kings of Munster, having issued from the race of
                  Oengus, King over that province. From this line, St. Mactail the Bishop was
                  descended. Or perhaps, the family of Mactail was derived from the O'Brien
                  sept. Cassius, surnamed Tallins, had several sons, among whom were Blodius,
                  Cassius, Sedneus, and Delbatius. Hence it happens, that some one of these,
                  or of their posterity-especially Blodius' children, who inherited the
                  chieftainship-might be considered as belonging to the family of Mactail. The
                  word itself signifies son of Tallius. If Colgan's conjecture be correct,
                  those circumstances connected with the family and place of her residence
                  point out St. Brigid, who is venerated on the 30th of September, as the one
                  mentioned in St. Senan's Second Life. From it we are able to procure the
                  following account of her.

                  We are told there, how St. Brigid, a holy virgin, had established herself in
                  a cell, on the banks of the river Shannon, and at a place, called Clain in
                  fidi, or Cluainfidhe. Whilst there, she had prepared a cloak or chasuble for
                  St. Senan, which she desired sent to him, but had not the necessary means
                  for transport. However, she covered the vestment with hay, and having placed
                  it, with some letters, in an osier
                  basket, which floated out on the river, the result was committed to a
                  providential issue. The letters were directed to St. Senan, and contained a
                  request, that he would send the Most Holy Sacrament to her. By a miracle of
                  Divine Providence, and without any human direction, the basket floated out
                  into the bed of the Shannon, which at this point was very wide; and, at
                  length it landed on the Island shore, near the church of St. Senan. This
                  circumstance, being revealed to the holy man, he called one of his
                  disciples, who was a Deacon. He was desired to bring the basket, which lay
                  on the shore, to the monastery. Having fulfilled such orders, Senan took the
                  vestment and letters contained in the basket. He then placed therein, as we
                  are told, two portions of salt and a pixis containing the Sacred Host. He
                  next ordered, in the name of God, to whom every creature owes obedience,
                  that the basket should return by the same way it had come, and restore to
                  St. Brigid one of the lumps of salt and the pixis it contained ; and that it
                  should bear the other portion of salt, to St. Diermit, who dwelt in the
                  monastery of Inis-clothrand. According to St. Senan's mandate, the basket
                  returned to St. Brigid. She took out therefrom the pixis, and one of the
                  salt portions. Before she had time to remove the other, the basket was
                  carried off by motion of the water; and it sailed, by a direct course,
                  against the river's current until it arrived at Inisclothrand. Having
                  understood what had occurred through a Divine revelation, St. Diermit went
                  forth, and brought the basket to his monastery with much joy. He gave thanks
                  to God, for the wonder wrought through his holy servant, St. Senan.

                  Of the thirteen saints bearing this name, as mentioned by our Irish
                  Martyrologists, Colgan supposed the circumstance already related can only
                  apply to that St. Brigid, who was venerated on the 30th of September.
                  However, in the Third and Fourth Lives of St. Brigid, such anecdote was
                  transferred to her, with this variation, that the basket or box was
                  entrusted to the ocean, and had to pass over a very great round and extent
                  of sea. Such a transaction-in which there is nothing improbable-was
                  transformed into a marvellous story, which has probably helped to give rise
                  to the opinion, that Senan was established at Inniscatthy before the death
                  of St. Brigid.

                  A St. Brighit, or Bride, seems to have been venerated in the Parish of
                  Bordwell, Queen's County. There had been a pattern at a Bride's Well, not
                  far from the old church and castle of Kilbreedy, and it was held between the
                  close of harvest and the month of November. Of this I was assured by an old
                  man- in 1870 considerably over 80 years of age- but he could not recollect
                  the exact day on which the pattern had been kept. No other saint bearing the
                  name of Brigid seems so likely to correspond with her to whom allusion has
                  been here made. The old church of Kilbreedy lies about a mile from
                  Rathdowney. Measured outside the old walls, it is 50 feet in length, by 24
                  feet in breadth. The walls of limestone are nearly four feet in thickness,
                  and were well built, but only the lower portions now remain. The church and
                  grave-yard are evidently very ancient ; but both have been enclosed by a
                  modern and well-built wall, with an iron-gate set up for entrance. Many
                  graves and magnificent hawthorn trees are within the grave-yard enclosure.
                  The remarkable fort of Middlemount rises to a considerable elevation, at
                  some little distance, and on the opposite side of the high road. Concentric
                  and diminishing circular fosses surround it, and ascend to the terminating
                  irregular cone.

                  The festival of Brighit is set down, without further clue for
                  identification, in the Martyrology of Donegal, at the 30th day of September.

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                  St. Enghenedl of Wales
                  ---------------------------------
                  Died 7th century. Nothing is known about the life of the Welsh Saint
                  Enghenedl to whom a church is dedicated in Anglesey
                  (Benedictines).


                  St. Laurus (Leri, Lery) of Brittany, Abbot
                  -------------------------------------------------------
                  Born in Wales, 7th century. Saint Laurus migrated to Brittany, where
                  he became the abbot-founder of the monastery later known as Saint-Lery
                  on the Doneff River. He knew how to give all to God (Benedictines,
                  Encyclopaedia).


                  Ss. Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, Hermits
                  ----------------------------------------------------------
                  Died at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England, in 870. Very little is known
                  of these hermits from Thorney, except that Tancred and Torthred were
                  men; Tova, a woman. According to the 12th-century Pseudo-Ingulph, which
                  may be based on older texts, they were martyred by Danish invaders. They
                  were venerated at their shrine at Thorney before the end of the first
                  millenium. Their bodies were translated by Saint Ethelwold (f.d. August
                  1) (Farmer).

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

                  Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, September. (1966).
                  Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

                  Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

                  These Lives are archived at:
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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