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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Aidan of Ferns * St. Madoes * St. Melangell * St.
    Message 1 of 13 , Jan 30, 2011
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January

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      * St. Aidan of Ferns
      * St. Madoes
      * St. Melangell
      * St. Adamnan of Coldingham
      * St. Eusebius of Saint Gall
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      St. Melangell (Monacella) Virgin and Hermitess
      ----------------------------------------------------------------
      Died c. 590 (possibly 7th or 8th century).

      Melangell was a hermitess in Montgomeryshire, who later became abbess of
      a small community in remote Pennant Melangell (now Powys). Her church
      and shrine have been restored recently. She is another of those saints
      who cultus flourished locally long before any vita was written; the only
      source still available is a 15th-century version that appears to have
      been based on an earlier source.

      In the "Historia Monacellae," which may have been written by Matthew of
      Westminster, Melangell is said to be the daughter of a Scottish King,
      Iowchel, who intended to marry her to a certain noble, but she fled and
      secreted herself in the hills of Pennant in Powys. There she lived,
      according to the history, for fifteen years "without seeing the face of
      man, serving God and the spotless virgin".

      Her story connects Melangell with King Brochwel Ysgithrog of Powys, who
      happened upon her while he was hunting in her neighbourhood. At that
      time she had been living at Pennant Melangell for 15 years after having
      fled from an unwanted marriage in Ireland. Brochwel gave her land for a
      convent and a sanctuary for the hares she had befriended.

      The saint is reputed to have lived another 33 years after this
      encounter. The text explicitly states that she was a virgin, which may
      provide some that she and Saint Winifred are the only two female saints
      from Wales who have Latin biographies. (Benedictines, Farmer).

      In the little church there is some wood carving from the old rood screen
      depicting the story of the saint and the remains of her shrine which is
      now restored. A quarter of a mile away on the opposite side of the
      valley there is a cleft in the rock which is known as Gwely Melangell,
      Melangell's hard bed.

      Melangell is the patron of hares and rabbits(Farmer).


      Another Life:
      Celtic Orthodox Church site
      http://web.archive.org/web/20031211150204/http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/d
      eserts.htm

      http://tinyurl.com/dsu7d


      The Life of Saint Melangell of Wales (+ca. 590)

      http://web.archive.org/web/20031224233519/www.nireland.com/orthodox/melangel
      ..htm

      http://tinyurl.com/ckt5p

      ST MELANGELL (whose name has been latinised as Monacella) is interesting
      because the incident for which she is known is a Welsh version of one
      that is known in various forms in several European countries. She
      appears in the pedigrees as a descendant of Macsen Wledig (the usurping
      Roman emperor Magnus Maximus), and according to her legend her father
      was an Irish king (probably Scottish, in its later meaning, is
      intended). She vowed herself to God, and when pressed to marry fled to
      the part of central Wales called Powys, where she remained hidden for
      fifteen years. Then one day the prince of Powys, Brochwel Ysgythrog,
      came hunting in her neighbourhood, and pursued a hare into a clearing of
      the forest where Melangell was at prayer. The hare ran for the shelter
      of her garments, and turned to face its pursuers from a fold of her
      skirt. Brochwel urged on his hounds, but they drew off, howling; the
      huntsman tried to wind his horn, but it stuck mute to his lips; and
      Brochwel approached the girl for an explanation When he had heard
      Melangell's story of herself, he made her a present of the land on which
      they were standing as a "perpetual refuge and place of sanctuary", in
      recognition of God's protection of the " little wild hare" in the shadow
      of His servant Melangell.

      Accordingly she lived the rest of her life there, another thirty-seven
      years, gathering a community round her which she directed as abbess. But
      it was also a meeting-place for hares, who never showed any fear of
      their protectress, so that they came to be called "Melangell's lambs".

      The church of Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire claims to stand on
      the site of this happening, It still has some mediaeval carvings
      relating the story of the hare, and the shrine chapel at east end.


      The Official Website of the Shrine Church of St. Melangell, which houses
      the oldest Romanesque Shrine in northern Europe and is a thriving
      Pilgrimage Centre. The site contains information for visitors and
      pilgrims
      http://www.st-melangell.co.uk/

      Woodcut of Saint Melangell
      http://www.belinus.co.uk/folklore/images/WF25.jpg

      Pennant Melangell (with picture of church and surroundings)
      http://cpat.powys.org.uk/english/sites/welshp/ls5.htm


      Icons of St. Melangell:
      http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Melangell.htm##1


      Troparion of St Melangell tone 8
      Preferring the rigours of monasticism to worldly status and marriage, 0
      pious Melangell,/ though wast fifteen years on a rock, emulating the
      example of the Syrian Stylites./ Wherefore, 0 Saint, pray to God that He
      will give us strength to serve Him as He wills,/ that we may be found
      worthy of His great mercy.

      Kontakion of St Melangell tone 4
      Praise, glory and honour are thy due, 0 righteous Melangell,/ for in
      consecrating thy virginity to Christ, thou didst give us a model of
      Christian living./ Wherefore we who keep thy festival/ pray for grace to
      amend our lives according to thy example,/ glorifying God in every word
      and deed.
    • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
      Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Aidan of Ferns * St. Madoes * St. Melangell * St.
      Message 2 of 13 , Jan 30, 2012
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        Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January

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        * St. Aidan of Ferns
        * St. Madoes
        * St. Melangell
        * St. Adamnan of Coldingham
        * St. Eusebius of Saint Gall
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        St. Melangell (Monacella) Virgin and Hermitess
        ----------------------------------------------------------------
        Died c. 590 (possibly 7th or 8th century).

        Melangell was a hermitess in Montgomeryshire, who later became abbess of
        a small community in remote Pennant Melangell (now Powys). Her church
        and shrine have been restored recently. She is another of those saints
        who cultus flourished locally long before any vita was written; the only
        source still available is a 15th-century version that appears to have
        been based on an earlier source.

        In the "Historia Monacellae," which may have been written by Matthew of
        Westminster, Melangell is said to be the daughter of a Scottish King,
        Iowchel, who intended to marry her to a certain noble, but she fled and
        secreted herself in the hills of Pennant in Powys. There she lived,
        according to the history, for fifteen years "without seeing the face of
        man, serving God and the spotless virgin".

        Her story connects Melangell with King Brochwel Ysgithrog of Powys, who
        happened upon her while he was hunting in her neighbourhood. At that
        time she had been living at Pennant Melangell for 15 years after having
        fled from an unwanted marriage in Ireland. Brochwel gave her land for a
        convent and a sanctuary for the hares she had befriended.

        The saint is reputed to have lived another 33 years after this
        encounter. The text explicitly states that she was a virgin, which may
        provide some that she and Saint Winifred are the only two female saints
        from Wales who have Latin biographies. (Benedictines, Farmer).

        In the little church there is some wood carving from the old rood screen
        depicting the story of the saint and the remains of her shrine which is
        now restored. A quarter of a mile away on the opposite side of the
        valley there is a cleft in the rock which is known as Gwely Melangell,
        Melangell's hard bed.

        Melangell is the patron of hares and rabbits(Farmer).


        Another Life:
        Celtic Orthodox Church site
        http://web.archive.org/web/20031211150204/http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/d
        eserts.htm

        http://tinyurl.com/dsu7d


        The Life of Saint Melangell of Wales (+ca. 590)

        http://web.archive.org/web/20031224233519/www.nireland.com/orthodox/melangel
        ...htm

        http://tinyurl.com/ckt5p

        ST MELANGELL (whose name has been latinised as Monacella) is interesting
        because the incident for which she is known is a Welsh version of one
        that is known in various forms in several European countries. She
        appears in the pedigrees as a descendant of Macsen Wledig (the usurping
        Roman emperor Magnus Maximus), and according to her legend her father
        was an Irish king (probably Scottish, in its later meaning, is
        intended). She vowed herself to God, and when pressed to marry fled to
        the part of central Wales called Powys, where she remained hidden for
        fifteen years. Then one day the prince of Powys, Brochwel Ysgythrog,
        came hunting in her neighbourhood, and pursued a hare into a clearing of
        the forest where Melangell was at prayer. The hare ran for the shelter
        of her garments, and turned to face its pursuers from a fold of her
        skirt. Brochwel urged on his hounds, but they drew off, howling; the
        huntsman tried to wind his horn, but it stuck mute to his lips; and
        Brochwel approached the girl for an explanation When he had heard
        Melangell's story of herself, he made her a present of the land on which
        they were standing as a "perpetual refuge and place of sanctuary", in
        recognition of God's protection of the " little wild hare" in the shadow
        of His servant Melangell.

        Accordingly she lived the rest of her life there, another thirty-seven
        years, gathering a community round her which she directed as abbess. But
        it was also a meeting-place for hares, who never showed any fear of
        their protectress, so that they came to be called "Melangell's lambs".

        The church of Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire claims to stand on
        the site of this happening, It still has some mediaeval carvings
        relating the story of the hare, and the shrine chapel at east end.


        The Official Website of the Shrine Church of St. Melangell, which houses
        the oldest Romanesque Shrine in northern Europe and is a thriving
        Pilgrimage Centre. The site contains information for visitors and
        pilgrims
        http://www.st-melangell.co.uk/

        Woodcut of Saint Melangell
        http://www.belinus.co.uk/folklore/images/WF25.jpg

        Pennant Melangell (with picture of church and surroundings)
        http://cpat.powys.org.uk/english/sites/welshp/ls5.htm


        Icons of St. Melangell:
        http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Melangell.htm##1


        Troparion of St Melangell tone 8
        Preferring the rigours of monasticism to worldly status and marriage, 0
        pious Melangell,/ though wast fifteen years on a rock, emulating the
        example of the Syrian Stylites./ Wherefore, 0 Saint, pray to God that He
        will give us strength to serve Him as He wills,/ that we may be found
        worthy of His great mercy.

        Kontakion of St Melangell tone 4
        Praise, glory and honour are thy due, 0 righteous Melangell,/ for in
        consecrating thy virginity to Christ, thou didst give us a model of
        Christian living./ Wherefore we who keep thy festival/ pray for grace to
        amend our lives according to thy example,/ glorifying God in every word
        and deed.
      • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
        Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Aidan of Ferns * St. Madoes * St. Melangell * St.
        Message 3 of 13 , Feb 1, 2013
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          Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January

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          * St. Aidan of Ferns
          * St. Madoes
          * St. Melangell
          * St. Adamnan of Coldingham
          * St. Eusebius of Saint Gall
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          St. Melangell (Monacella) Virgin and Hermitess
          ----------------------------------------------------------------
          Died c. 590 (possibly 7th or 8th century).

          Melangell was a hermitess in Montgomeryshire, who later became abbess of
          a small community in remote Pennant Melangell (now Powys). Her church
          and shrine have been restored recently. She is another of those saints
          who cultus flourished locally long before any vita was written; the only
          source still available is a 15th-century version that appears to have
          been based on an earlier source.

          In the "Historia Monacellae," which may have been written by Matthew of
          Westminster, Melangell is said to be the daughter of a Scottish King,
          Iowchel, who intended to marry her to a certain noble, but she fled and
          secreted herself in the hills of Pennant in Powys. There she lived,
          according to the history, for fifteen years "without seeing the face of
          man, serving God and the spotless virgin".

          Her story connects Melangell with King Brochwel Ysgithrog of Powys, who
          happened upon her while he was hunting in her neighbourhood. At that
          time she had been living at Pennant Melangell for 15 years after having
          fled from an unwanted marriage in Ireland. Brochwel gave her land for a
          convent and a sanctuary for the hares she had befriended.

          The saint is reputed to have lived another 33 years after this
          encounter. The text explicitly states that she was a virgin, which may
          provide some that she and Saint Winifred are the only two female saints
          from Wales who have Latin biographies. (Benedictines, Farmer).

          In the little church there is some wood carving from the old rood screen
          depicting the story of the saint and the remains of her shrine which is
          now restored. A quarter of a mile away on the opposite side of the
          valley there is a cleft in the rock which is known as Gwely Melangell,
          Melangell's hard bed.

          Melangell is the patron of hares and rabbits(Farmer).


          Another Life:
          Celtic Orthodox Church site
          http://web.archive.org/web/20031211150204/http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/d
          eserts.htm

          http://tinyurl.com/dsu7d


          The Life of Saint Melangell of Wales (+ca. 590)

          http://web.archive.org/web/20031224233519/www.nireland.com/orthodox/melangel
          ...htm

          http://tinyurl.com/ckt5p

          ST MELANGELL (whose name has been latinised as Monacella) is interesting
          because the incident for which she is known is a Welsh version of one
          that is known in various forms in several European countries. She
          appears in the pedigrees as a descendant of Macsen Wledig (the usurping
          Roman emperor Magnus Maximus), and according to her legend her father
          was an Irish king (probably Scottish, in its later meaning, is
          intended). She vowed herself to God, and when pressed to marry fled to
          the part of central Wales called Powys, where she remained hidden for
          fifteen years. Then one day the prince of Powys, Brochwel Ysgythrog,
          came hunting in her neighbourhood, and pursued a hare into a clearing of
          the forest where Melangell was at prayer. The hare ran for the shelter
          of her garments, and turned to face its pursuers from a fold of her
          skirt. Brochwel urged on his hounds, but they drew off, howling; the
          huntsman tried to wind his horn, but it stuck mute to his lips; and
          Brochwel approached the girl for an explanation When he had heard
          Melangell's story of herself, he made her a present of the land on which
          they were standing as a "perpetual refuge and place of sanctuary", in
          recognition of God's protection of the " little wild hare" in the shadow
          of His servant Melangell.

          Accordingly she lived the rest of her life there, another thirty-seven
          years, gathering a community round her which she directed as abbess. But
          it was also a meeting-place for hares, who never showed any fear of
          their protectress, so that they came to be called "Melangell's lambs".

          The church of Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire claims to stand on
          the site of this happening, It still has some mediaeval carvings
          relating the story of the hare, and the shrine chapel at east end.


          The Official Website of the Shrine Church of St. Melangell, which houses
          the oldest Romanesque Shrine in northern Europe and is a thriving
          Pilgrimage Centre. The site contains information for visitors and
          pilgrims
          http://www.st-melangell.co.uk/

          Woodcut of Saint Melangell
          http://www.belinus.co.uk/folklore/images/WF25.jpg

          Pennant Melangell (with picture of church and surroundings)
          http://cpat.powys.org.uk/english/sites/welshp/ls5.htm


          Icons of St. Melangell:
          http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Melangell.htm##1


          Troparion of St Melangell tone 8
          Preferring the rigours of monasticism to worldly status and marriage, 0
          pious Melangell,/ though wast fifteen years on a rock, emulating the
          example of the Syrian Stylites./ Wherefore, 0 Saint, pray to God that He
          will give us strength to serve Him as He wills,/ that we may be found
          worthy of His great mercy.

          Kontakion of St Melangell tone 4
          Praise, glory and honour are thy due, 0 righteous Melangell,/ for in
          consecrating thy virginity to Christ, thou didst give us a model of
          Christian living./ Wherefore we who keep thy festival/ pray for grace to
          amend our lives according to thy example,/ glorifying God in every word
          and deed.

          For All the Saints: - new active link
          http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/saint_a.shtml

          An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link
          http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsa.htm
        • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
          Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Aidan of Ferns * St. Madoes * St. Melangell * St.
          Message 4 of 13 , Jan 30, 2014
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            Celtic and Old English Saints 31 January

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            * St. Aidan of Ferns
            * St. Madoes
            * St. Melangell
            * St. Adamnan of Coldingham
            * St. Eusebius of Saint Gall
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            St. Melangell (Monacella) Virgin and Hermitess
            ----------------------------------------------------------------
            Died c. 590 (possibly 7th or 8th century).

            Melangell was a hermitess in Montgomeryshire, who later became abbess of
            a small community in remote Pennant Melangell (now Powys). Her church
            and shrine have been restored recently. She is another of those saints
            who cultus flourished locally long before any vita was written; the only
            source still available is a 15th-century version that appears to have
            been based on an earlier source.

            In the "Historia Monacellae," which may have been written by Matthew of
            Westminster, Melangell is said to be the daughter of a Scottish King,
            Iowchel, who intended to marry her to a certain noble, but she fled and
            secreted herself in the hills of Pennant in Powys. There she lived,
            according to the history, for fifteen years "without seeing the face of
            man, serving God and the spotless virgin".

            Her story connects Melangell with King Brochwel Ysgithrog of Powys, who
            happened upon her while he was hunting in her neighbourhood. At that
            time she had been living at Pennant Melangell for 15 years after having
            fled from an unwanted marriage in Ireland. Brochwel gave her land for a
            convent and a sanctuary for the hares she had befriended.

            The saint is reputed to have lived another 33 years after this
            encounter. The text explicitly states that she was a virgin, which may
            provide some that she and Saint Winifred are the only two female saints
            from Wales who have Latin biographies. (Benedictines, Farmer).

            In the little church there is some wood carving from the old rood screen
            depicting the story of the saint and the remains of her shrine which is
            now restored. A quarter of a mile away on the opposite side of the
            valley there is a cleft in the rock which is known as Gwely Melangell,
            Melangell's hard bed.

            Melangell is the patron of hares and rabbits(Farmer).


            Another Life:
            Celtic Orthodox Church site
            http://web.archive.org/web/20031211150204/http://www.nireland.com/orthodox/d
            eserts.htm

            http://tinyurl.com/dsu7d


            The Life of Saint Melangell of Wales (+ca. 590)

            http://web.archive.org/web/20031224233519/www.nireland.com/orthodox/melangel
            ...htm

            http://tinyurl.com/ckt5p

            ST MELANGELL (whose name has been latinised as Monacella) is interesting
            because the incident for which she is known is a Welsh version of one
            that is known in various forms in several European countries. She
            appears in the pedigrees as a descendant of Macsen Wledig (the usurping
            Roman emperor Magnus Maximus), and according to her legend her father
            was an Irish king (probably Scottish, in its later meaning, is
            intended). She vowed herself to God, and when pressed to marry fled to
            the part of central Wales called Powys, where she remained hidden for
            fifteen years. Then one day the prince of Powys, Brochwel Ysgythrog,
            came hunting in her neighbourhood, and pursued a hare into a clearing of
            the forest where Melangell was at prayer. The hare ran for the shelter
            of her garments, and turned to face its pursuers from a fold of her
            skirt. Brochwel urged on his hounds, but they drew off, howling; the
            huntsman tried to wind his horn, but it stuck mute to his lips; and
            Brochwel approached the girl for an explanation When he had heard
            Melangell's story of herself, he made her a present of the land on which
            they were standing as a "perpetual refuge and place of sanctuary", in
            recognition of God's protection of the " little wild hare" in the shadow
            of His servant Melangell.

            Accordingly she lived the rest of her life there, another thirty-seven
            years, gathering a community round her which she directed as abbess. But
            it was also a meeting-place for hares, who never showed any fear of
            their protectress, so that they came to be called "Melangell's lambs".

            The church of Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire claims to stand on
            the site of this happening, It still has some mediaeval carvings
            relating the story of the hare, and the shrine chapel at east end.


            The Official Website of the Shrine Church of St. Melangell, which houses
            the oldest Romanesque Shrine in northern Europe and is a thriving
            Pilgrimage Centre. The site contains information for visitors and
            pilgrims
            http://www.st-melangell.co.uk/

            Woodcut of Saint Melangell
            http://www.belinus.co.uk/folklore/images/WF25.jpg

            Pennant Melangell (with picture of church and surroundings)
            http://cpat.powys.org.uk/english/sites/welshp/ls5.htm


            Icons of St. Melangell:
            http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Melangell.htm##1


            Troparion of St Melangell tone 8
            Preferring the rigours of monasticism to worldly status and marriage, 0
            pious Melangell,/ though wast fifteen years on a rock, emulating the
            example of the Syrian Stylites./ Wherefore, 0 Saint, pray to God that He
            will give us strength to serve Him as He wills,/ that we may be found
            worthy of His great mercy.

            Kontakion of St Melangell tone 4
            Praise, glory and honour are thy due, 0 righteous Melangell,/ for in
            consecrating thy virginity to Christ, thou didst give us a model of
            Christian living./ Wherefore we who keep thy festival/ pray for grace to
            amend our lives according to thy example,/ glorifying God in every word
            and deed.

            For All the Saints: - new active link
            http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/saint_a.shtml

            An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link
            http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsa.htm
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