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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    Celtic and Old English Saints 3 September =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. MacNisse of Connor * St. Balin of Techsaxon * St. Cuthburga
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 3 September

      * St. MacNisse of Connor
      * St. Balin of Techsaxon
      * St. Cuthburga of Wimborne
      * St. Quenburga of Wimborne
      * St. Hereswitha of Chelles
      * St. Edward of England
      * St. Lon-garadh
      * St. Gregory the Great (see #2)

      St. MacNisse, Bishop of Connor, Dalriada
      (Macnisius, Aengus McNisse. Macanisius)

      Died 506-514. Saint MacNisse, a disciple of Saint Olean (Bolcan?), was
      said to have been baptized as an infant by Saint Patrick. After MacNisse
      made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome, Patrick consecrated him the
      first abbot-bishop of Kells, which became the diocese of Connor,
      Ireland. His life is filled with miracles, such as changing the course
      of a river for the convenience of his monks and rescuing a child about
      to be executed for his father's crime by causing him to be carried by
      the wind from the executioners to his arms. Various ancient lists record
      different dates for his death (Benedictines, Delaney, Husenbeth,

      Troparion of St MacNis tone 8
      Having learned thy faith from Ireland Enlightener, O holy MacNis,/ thou
      didst found a shining beacon of the True Faith, the Monastery of Kells,/
      from which was bequeathed to Christ's church a treasure of piety and
      wonder, which is with us to this day./ Inspired by thine example, O
      Saint, we beseech thee to intercede with Christ our God/ that we may be
      given grace to
      follow thee in the way of salvation.

      St. Balin (Ballon, Balanus) of Techsaxon
      7th century. Handsome, well-loved Saint Balin was the brother of Saint
      Gerald, one of four sons of an Anglo-Saxon king. The four accompanied
      Saint Colman of Lindisfarne to Iona, then retired to Connaught, where
      they settled at Tecsaxono (the house of Saxons) in the diocese of Tuam
      (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).

      St. Cuthburga of Wimborne, Widow and Abbess
      Died c. 725; feast day also on August 31. Saint Cuthburga, sister to
      Saint Quenburga and King Ina of Wessex, married the learned and pious
      King Aldfrid of Northumbria in 688. After bearing him two sons, Aldfrid
      gave Cuthburga permission to enter religious life. She became a nun at
      Barking monastery under the direction of Saint Hildelith, and then in
      705 with her sister Saint Quenburga, she founded the double monastery at
      Wimborne in Dorset and governed it as abbess. The convent was strictly
      cloistered. Saint Lioba, who was formed by Cuthburga, reports that even
      prelates were forbidden to enter the nuns' quarters; Cuthburga would
      communicate with them through a little hatch. Hagiographers describe
      Cuthburga as austere with herself, kind to others, and steadfast in
      prayer and fasting. This convent produced the band of missionary nuns
      who helped evangelize Germany (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).

      St. Quenburga (Coenburga) of Wimborne
      Died c. 735. Saint Quenburga, Saint Cuthburga, and the future King Ina
      of Wessex were the children of Cenred, a lord of Wessex. The two sisters
      founded Wimborne Abbey in Dorset about 705. Although it was a double
      (and possibly, triple) abbey, it was intended primarily for nuns.
      Cuthburga was its first abbess. Wimborne was important for having
      produced Saints Lioba and Thecla, who were among the many religious who
      assisted Saint Boniface in his efforts to evangelize Germany (Farmer).

      St. Hereswitha of Chelles, Widow
      Died c. 690. Princess Hereswitha of Northumbria was the sister of Saint
      Hilda and mother of Saints Sexburga, Ethelburga, and Withburga. She
      spent her golden years as a nun in Chelles convent in France

      Translation of the Relics of St. Edward, King of England and Martyr,
      to the Church of Saint Edward at Brookwood, Near Guildford

      Troparion for St Edward the Martyr tone 4
      Celebrating the newly manifest commemoration of the holy King Edward,
      who shone forth of old in the virtues and suffered undeservedly we all
      bow down before the Icon of his honoured countenance and in gladness cry
      out: Truly Thou art wonderful in Thy Saints, O God.

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