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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
    Message 1 of 14 , Nov 27, 2008
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

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      * St. Brendan of Birr
      * St. Sadwen of Wales
      * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
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      St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
      --------------------------------------------------------------
      Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
      Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
      Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
      December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
      says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
      school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
      today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
      old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

      His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
      said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
      was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
      intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
      excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
      being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
      immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
      he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

      From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
      know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
      This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
      of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
      Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


      Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
      Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
      thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
      salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
      miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
      the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
      for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


      St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
      (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
      --------------------------------------------------------------
      6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
      Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
      dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

      Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
      The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
      where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
      intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


      St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
      ------------------------------------------


      Sources:
      ========

      Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

      Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
      Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

      Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
      vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

      Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
      Guildford: Billing & Sons.

      Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

      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 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
      Message 2 of 14 , Nov 27, 2009
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        Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
        * St. Brendan of Birr
        * St. Sadwen of Wales
        * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


        St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
        --------------------------------------------------------------
        Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
        Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
        Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
        December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
        says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
        school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
        today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
        old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

        His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
        said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
        was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
        intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
        excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
        being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
        immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
        he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

        From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
        know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
        This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
        of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
        Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


        Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
        Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
        thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
        salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
        miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
        the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
        for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


        St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
        (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
        --------------------------------------------------------------
        6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
        Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
        dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

        Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
        The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
        where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
        intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


        St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
        ------------------------------------------


        Sources:
        ========

        Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

        Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
        Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

        Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
        vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

        Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
        Guildford: Billing & Sons.

        Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

        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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      • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
        Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
        Message 3 of 14 , Nov 28, 2010
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          Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
          * St. Brendan of Birr
          * St. Sadwen of Wales
          * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


          St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
          --------------------------------------------------------------
          Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
          Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
          Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
          December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
          says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
          school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
          today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
          old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

          His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
          said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
          was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
          intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
          excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
          being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
          immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
          he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

          From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
          know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
          This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
          of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
          Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


          Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
          Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
          thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
          salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
          miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
          the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
          for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


          St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
          (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
          --------------------------------------------------------------
          6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
          Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
          dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

          Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
          The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
          where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
          intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


          St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
          ------------------------------------------


          Sources:
          ========

          Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

          Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
          Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

          Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
          vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

          Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
          Guildford: Billing & Sons.

          Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

          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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        • ambrois
          Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
          Message 4 of 14 , Nov 29, 2011
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            Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
            * St. Brendan of Birr
            * St. Sadwen of Wales
            * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


            St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
            --------------------------------------------------------------
            Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
            Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
            Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
            December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
            says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
            school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
            today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
            old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

            His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
            said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
            was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
            intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
            excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
            being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
            immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
            he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

            From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
            know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
            This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
            of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
            Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


            Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
            Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
            thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
            salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
            miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
            the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
            for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


            St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
            (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
            --------------------------------------------------------------
            6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
            Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
            dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

            Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
            The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
            where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
            intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


            St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
            ------------------------------------------


            Sources:
            ========

            Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

            Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
            Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

            Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
            vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

            Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
            Guildford: Billing & Sons.

            Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

            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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          • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
            Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
            Message 5 of 14 , Nov 28, 2012
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              Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
              * St. Brendan of Birr
              * St. Sadwen of Wales
              * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


              St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
              --------------------------------------------------------------
              Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
              Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
              Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
              December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
              says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
              school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
              today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
              old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

              His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
              said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
              was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
              intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
              excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
              being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
              immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
              he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

              From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
              know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
              This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
              of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
              Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


              Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
              Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
              thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
              salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
              miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
              the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
              for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


              St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
              (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
              --------------------------------------------------------------
              6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
              Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
              dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

              Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
              The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
              where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
              intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


              St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
              ------------------------------------------


              Sources:
              ========

              Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

              Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
              Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

              Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
              vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

              Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
              Guildford: Billing & Sons.

              Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

              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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            • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
              Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Brendan of Birr * St. Sadwen of Wales * St. Ethelwin
              Message 6 of 14 , Nov 29, 2013
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                Celtic and Old English Saints 29 November

                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                * St. Brendan of Birr
                * St. Sadwen of Wales
                * St. Ethelwin of Athelney
                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                St. Brendan of Birr, Abbot
                --------------------------------------------------------------
                Died c. 562. Breandan is Gaelic for Prince. Born into the family of
                Fergus MacRoy, Saint Brendan of Birr a contemporary of Saint Brendan the
                Voyager (f.d. May 16), and his fellow-disciple under Saint Finian (f.d.
                December 12) at Clonard Abbey. An ancient, but incomplete, manuscript
                says that the 12 apostles of Ireland, who were together at Finian's
                school, saw a wonderful flower from the Land of Promise. Although
                today's saint was chosen by lot to go in search of that land, he was too
                old or frail for adventuring. Brendan of Clonfert went in his stead.

                His abbey of Birr was somewhere near Parsonstown, Offaly. The ruins are
                said to be near Emmet Square where Old Saint Brendan's church stands. He
                was the great friend and adviser of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9). He
                intervened at a synod of Meltown (Meath) to end Columba's
                excommunication. Later, Columba had a vision of Saint Brendan's soul
                being carried by angels to heaven at the moment of his death. Columba
                immediately said a special Requiem for Brendan at Iona many days before
                he had confirmation of his mentor's death.

                From the "Gospels of MacRegal" or "Mc Regol" (9th century), we
                know that Brendan's school at Birr endured through that time.
                This book, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is a wonderful example
                of Irish illumination (Anderson, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Farmer, Healy,
                Kenney, Montague, Ryan).


                Troparion of St Brendan of Birr tone 8
                Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland's Prophets, O Father Brendan,
                thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to
                salvation./ At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and
                miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba./ The prayers of
                the righteous avail much for us sinners./ Wherefore O Saint, pray to God
                for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.


                St. Sadwen of Wales, Hermit
                (Sadwrn, Saturninus)
                --------------------------------------------------------------
                6th century. Brother of Saint Illtyd (f.d. November 6) and disciple of
                Saint Cadfan (f.d. November 1) to whom some Welsh churches are
                dedicated. (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

                Troparion of St Sadwen tone 8
                The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/
                where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual
                intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.


                St. Ethelwin, Hermit of Athelney
                ------------------------------------------


                Sources:
                ========

                Anderson, A. O. (tr.). (1961). Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba.

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

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

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

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

                Healy, J. (1902). Ireland's Ancient Schools and Scholars.
                Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker.

                Kenney, J. F. (1929). Sources for Early History of Ireland,
                vol. 1, Ecclesiastical. New York: Columbia University Press.

                Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                Ryan, J. (1931). Irish Monasticism. Dublin: Talbot Press.

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