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    Celtic and Old English Saints 16 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Fursey of Burgh Castle * St. Dunchaid O Braoin of
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 16 January

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      * St. Fursey of Burgh Castle
      * St. Dunchaid O'Braoin of Clonmacnoise
      * St. Honoratus of Arles
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      St. Fursey of East Anglia and Lagny
      Abbot of Burgh Castle, and Peronne Monastery, France
      --------------------------------------------
      Born Island of Inisquin(?), Lough Corri, Ireland;
      died in France c. 648.

      After Saint Columbanus (f.d. November 23), Fursey is perhaps the best
      known of the Irish monastic missionaries abroad in the earlier middle
      ages. Born of noble parents, Saint Fursey left home to build a
      monastery at Rathmat (probably Killursa), attracted throngs of
      disciples, and then after a time at home began preaching.

      Twelve years later, sometime after 630, with his brothers SS. Foillan
      (f.d. October 31) and Ultan (f.d. May 2), he travelled to East Anglia
      (England) as a "pilgrim for Christ," and was welcomed by King Saint
      Sigebert (f.d. September 27) of the East Angles, who was encouraging
      the work of Saint Felix of Dunwich (f.d. March 8) at just this time.
      Sigebert gave them the old fortress of Cnobheresburg (Burgh Castle,
      Suffolk) and its adjacent lands for a monastery.

      Fursey, therefore, established a monastery on this land, and ministered
      from there for about ten years. About 642, on the death of Sigebert in
      battle against King Penda of Mercia, Fursey left on a pilgrimage to
      Rome. He never returned. Instead he moved on to Gaul, where he was
      given land by Mayor Erchinoald of Neustria (into whose household Saint
      Bathildis (f.d. January 30) had recently been sold). There Fursey
      founded a monastery at Lagny-sur-Marne, near Paris, c. 644.

      Fursey died at Mezerolles (Somme) while on a journey, and was buried at
      Peronne (Picardy), where his tomb became a place of pilgrimage and the
      monastery there an Irish centre.

      Saint Bede (f.d. May 25) wrote more about Fursey than any other Irish
      missionary, except Saint Aidan (f.d. August 31). Fursey, says Bede, was
      'renowned for his words and works, outstanding in goodness,' and it is
      Bede who relates the visions of the unseen world of spirits, good and
      evil, which account for much of Fursey's fame. From time to time he
      would fall into a trance-like state for a considerable period, during
      which he would see such things as the fires of falsehood, covetousness,
      discord, and injustice lying in wait to consume the world. He also had
      a vision of the afterlife, which Bede recounts--one of the earliest
      such. Together with those of the English Drithelm (f.d. August 17)
      (also recorded by Bede), Saint Fursey's visions had considerable
      influence in the religious thought of western Europe in the later middle
      ages, notably as expressed in Dante's "Divine Comedy".

      Fursey impressed everyone that met him. So many miracles were
      attributed to him in his own lifetime that he should be counted among
      the greatest of saints. He initiated his mission in France by restoring
      to life the son of a local nobleman, Count Haymon, who begged him to
      build his monastery on the nobleman's land. The saint declined, but
      this is the very site on which he died. Fursey's sanctity was a topic
      of conversation and came to the attention of French kings and nobles,
      who vied with each other to attract him to their territory, even after
      his death.

      Count Haymon intended to inter Fursey in Mezerolles, but the Chancellor
      of Peronne, Erchinoald, sent a royal guard to seize the remains. His
      holy body lay in a portico for four years, awaiting the completion of a
      magnificent new church to receive him. Bede records "concerning the
      incorruption of his body, we have briefly taken notice so that the
      sublime character of this man may be better known to the readers."

      In 654, Fursey's relics were translated to a shrine "in the shape of a
      little house," supposedly made by Saint Eligius (f.d. December 1).
      They were translated again in 1056. King Louis in 1256 declared his
      desire to be present for the retranslation of his remains to a new
      shrine at Peronne. On his return from a crusade, Louis went straight to
      Peronne, where he placed his own seal on the sepulchre. Most of the
      relics remained until the French Revolution; a head reliquary survived
      even the
      Prussian bombing of 1870. French, Irish, and English calendars
      (especially at Canterbury, which claimed his head relics) attest to his
      cultus. (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopaedia, Farmer,
      Montague).

      In art Saint Fursey is portrayed as an abbot raising from the dead a
      youth, son of a nobleman. He may also by shown in ecstasy (Roeder).
      The figure of Fursey is now carried on the banner of the city of Peronne
      (Montague).

      Troparion of St Fursey of Burgh Castle tone 5
      Establishing thy monastery in a Roman fortress thou didst teach men
      that the Orthodox Faith is a true bastion/ against the onslaughts of
      every evil force, O Father Fursey./ Wherefore pray to God for us/ that
      we may all be bastions of the Faith/ standing firm against the rising
      tide of falsehood,/ that our souls may be saved.

      Kontakion of St Fursey tone 4
      Thou didst need the walls of stone/ to defend the Faith against its
      pagan enemies, O Father Fursey,/ but pray for us that we may have a
      spiritual wall around us/ to defend the Faith against its enemies./
      Following thee and praising thy eternal memory,/ we stand firm against
      every error, ever singing:/ Rejoice, beloved of God, our Father Fursey.

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

      Stained Glass:
      http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/history/people/saints/fursey.shtm



      St. Dunchaid O'Braoin, Abbot of Clonmacnoise
      ------------------------------------------------
      Born in Westmeath; died at Armagh, 988. Saint Dunchaid was an anchorite
      until 969, when he was chosen abbot of Clonmacnoise Monastery. In his
      old age he retired to Armagh, where he died (Benedictines).


      St. Honoratus (Honore) of Arles, Bishop
      ------------------------------------------------
      Born in Treves (Trier), Germany, (or Lorraine, France), c. 350; died at
      Arles, France, 429.

      Saint Honoratus was born into a Gallo-Roman family of consular rank. He
      was well-versed in the liberal arts. He converted from paganism to
      Christianity in his youth and won his older brother, Venantius, to
      Christ. The two brothers desired to forsake the world entirely; but
      their father put continual temptations in their way. Finally, they
      secured the services of Saint Caprasius (f.d. June 1), a holy hermit,
      who acted as their instructor in the ways of holiness.

      The three sailed from Marseilles to Greece, intending to live there in
      some unknown desert and learn more about monasticism. Venantius died at
      Modon; Honoratus was also ill. He and his mentor were forced to return
      home via Rome. He intended to live the life of a hermit, but God had
      other plans for him. At first he lived as one near Frejus. Two small
      islands were just off the coast near Cannes: a larger one called Lero
      (now St. Margaret's); the other, smaller and further out called Lerins
      (now Saint-Honorat).

      Around 410 (400?), he established himself on this smaller desert island,
      where he was joined by SS. Lupus of Troyes (f.d. July 29), Eucherius of
      Lyons (f.d. November 16), and Hilary of Arles (f.d. May 5), as well as
      others. This was the beginning of the celebrated monastery of Lerins,
      whose history lasted for nearly 1,400 years. Some of the monks lived in
      community; others were anchorites. The Rule was that of Saint
      Pachomius
      (f.d. May 9).

      About 426-427, he was forced to become archbishop of the important see
      of Arles. However, he labours in the field he did not want lasted less
      than three years. Honoratus died exhausted by his austerities and
      apostolic labours in 429.

      His relative Hilary, who succeeded him as bishop of Arles, wrote a
      panegyric of Saint Honoratus that speaks of the trouble taken by the
      saint to ensure that no one in this island community should be
      dispirited, overworked, or idle; and 'it is astonishing how much work he
      got through himself, of poor health as he was.' Many visitors found
      their way to the island (including Saint John Cassian), and no one left
      it 'without a perfectly carefree mind.' Honoratus is one of those
      blessedly joyful saints (Attwater, Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Hoare,
      Walsh).

      Lerin Islands (Iles des Lerins) - Directly off the shore of Cannes are the
      Iles de Lerins. These islands mirror the city's history and there is a
      classic coastal fortress designed by Vauban on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite
      with its Maritime Museum and where the mysterious "Man in the Iron Mask" and
      Marshal Bazaine were imprisoned. The Ile Saint-Honorat has a Mediterranean
      coastal forest of native pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees and a fortified
      abbey based in the monastery founded by Saint Honoratus at the end of the
      4th Century, which graduated St. Patrick, St. Hilaire, and St. Cezaire,
      among others.

      Saint Honoratus is generally portrayed as driving serpents from the
      island of Lerins, whose monastery he founded. He is shown at times (1)
      as a bishop over the island of Lerins with a phoenix below, or (2)
      drawing water from a rock with his mitre near him (Roeder).

      Icon of St. Honoratus (Honorine):
      In the Icons Folder of [celt-saints]
      http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Honoratus.htm


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    • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
      Celtic and Old English Saints 16 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Fursey of Burgh Castle * St. Dunchaid O Braoin of
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        Celtic and Old English Saints 16 January

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        * St. Fursey of Burgh Castle
        * St. Dunchaid O'Braoin of Clonmacnoise
        * St. Honoratus of Arles
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        St. Fursey of East Anglia and Lagny
        Abbot of Burgh Castle, and Peronne Monastery, France
        --------------------------------------------
        Born Island of Inisquin(?), Lough Corri, Ireland;
        died in France c. 648.

        After Saint Columbanus (f.d. November 23), Fursey is perhaps the best
        known of the Irish monastic missionaries abroad in the earlier middle
        ages. Born of noble parents, Saint Fursey left home to build a
        monastery at Rathmat (probably Killursa), attracted throngs of
        disciples, and then after a time at home began preaching.

        Twelve years later, sometime after 630, with his brothers SS. Foillan
        (f.d. October 31) and Ultan (f.d. May 2), he travelled to East Anglia
        (England) as a "pilgrim for Christ," and was welcomed by King Saint
        Sigebert (f.d. September 27) of the East Angles, who was encouraging
        the work of Saint Felix of Dunwich (f.d. March 8) at just this time.
        Sigebert gave them the old fortress of Cnobheresburg (Burgh Castle,
        Suffolk) and its adjacent lands for a monastery.

        Fursey, therefore, established a monastery on this land, and ministered
        from there for about ten years. About 642, on the death of Sigebert in
        battle against King Penda of Mercia, Fursey left on a pilgrimage to
        Rome. He never returned. Instead he moved on to Gaul, where he was
        given land by Mayor Erchinoald of Neustria (into whose household Saint
        Bathildis (f.d. January 30) had recently been sold). There Fursey
        founded a monastery at Lagny-sur-Marne, near Paris, c. 644.

        Fursey died at Mezerolles (Somme) while on a journey, and was buried at
        Peronne (Picardy), where his tomb became a place of pilgrimage and the
        monastery there an Irish centre.

        Saint Bede (f.d. May 25) wrote more about Fursey than any other Irish
        missionary, except Saint Aidan (f.d. August 31). Fursey, says Bede, was
        'renowned for his words and works, outstanding in goodness,' and it is
        Bede who relates the visions of the unseen world of spirits, good and
        evil, which account for much of Fursey's fame. From time to time he
        would fall into a trance-like state for a considerable period, during
        which he would see such things as the fires of falsehood, covetousness,
        discord, and injustice lying in wait to consume the world. He also had
        a vision of the afterlife, which Bede recounts--one of the earliest
        such. Together with those of the English Drithelm (f.d. August 17)
        (also recorded by Bede), Saint Fursey's visions had considerable
        influence in the religious thought of western Europe in the later middle
        ages, notably as expressed in Dante's "Divine Comedy".

        Fursey impressed everyone that met him. So many miracles were
        attributed to him in his own lifetime that he should be counted among
        the greatest of saints. He initiated his mission in France by restoring
        to life the son of a local nobleman, Count Haymon, who begged him to
        build his monastery on the nobleman's land. The saint declined, but
        this is the very site on which he died. Fursey's sanctity was a topic
        of conversation and came to the attention of French kings and nobles,
        who vied with each other to attract him to their territory, even after
        his death.

        Count Haymon intended to inter Fursey in Mezerolles, but the Chancellor
        of Peronne, Erchinoald, sent a royal guard to seize the remains. His
        holy body lay in a portico for four years, awaiting the completion of a
        magnificent new church to receive him. Bede records "concerning the
        incorruption of his body, we have briefly taken notice so that the
        sublime character of this man may be better known to the readers."

        In 654, Fursey's relics were translated to a shrine "in the shape of a
        little house," supposedly made by Saint Eligius (f.d. December 1).
        They were translated again in 1056. King Louis in 1256 declared his
        desire to be present for the retranslation of his remains to a new
        shrine at Peronne. On his return from a crusade, Louis went straight to
        Peronne, where he placed his own seal on the sepulchre. Most of the
        relics remained until the French Revolution; a head reliquary survived
        even the
        Prussian bombing of 1870. French, Irish, and English calendars
        (especially at Canterbury, which claimed his head relics) attest to his
        cultus. (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopaedia, Farmer,
        Montague).

        In art Saint Fursey is portrayed as an abbot raising from the dead a
        youth, son of a nobleman. He may also by shown in ecstasy (Roeder).
        The figure of Fursey is now carried on the banner of the city of Peronne
        (Montague).

        Troparion of St Fursey of Burgh Castle tone 5
        Establishing thy monastery in a Roman fortress thou didst teach men
        that the Orthodox Faith is a true bastion/ against the onslaughts of
        every evil force, O Father Fursey./ Wherefore pray to God for us/ that
        we may all be bastions of the Faith/ standing firm against the rising
        tide of falsehood,/ that our souls may be saved.

        Kontakion of St Fursey tone 4
        Thou didst need the walls of stone/ to defend the Faith against its
        pagan enemies, O Father Fursey,/ but pray for us that we may have a
        spiritual wall around us/ to defend the Faith against its enemies./
        Following thee and praising thy eternal memory,/ we stand firm against
        every error, ever singing:/ Rejoice, beloved of God, our Father Fursey.

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

        Stained Glass:
        http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/history/people/saints/fursey.shtm



        St. Dunchaid O'Braoin, Abbot of Clonmacnoise
        ------------------------------------------------
        Born in Westmeath; died at Armagh, 988. Saint Dunchaid was an anchorite
        until 969, when he was chosen abbot of Clonmacnoise Monastery. In his
        old age he retired to Armagh, where he died (Benedictines).


        St. Honoratus (Honore) of Arles, Bishop
        ------------------------------------------------
        Born in Treves (Trier), Germany, (or Lorraine, France), c. 350; died at
        Arles, France, 429.

        Saint Honoratus was born into a Gallo-Roman family of consular rank. He
        was well-versed in the liberal arts. He converted from paganism to
        Christianity in his youth and won his older brother, Venantius, to
        Christ. The two brothers desired to forsake the world entirely; but
        their father put continual temptations in their way. Finally, they
        secured the services of Saint Caprasius (f.d. June 1), a holy hermit,
        who acted as their instructor in the ways of holiness.

        The three sailed from Marseilles to Greece, intending to live there in
        some unknown desert and learn more about monasticism. Venantius died at
        Modon; Honoratus was also ill. He and his mentor were forced to return
        home via Rome. He intended to live the life of a hermit, but God had
        other plans for him. At first he lived as one near Frejus. Two small
        islands were just off the coast near Cannes: a larger one called Lero
        (now St. Margaret's); the other, smaller and further out called Lerins
        (now Saint-Honorat).

        Around 410 (400?), he established himself on this smaller desert island,
        where he was joined by SS. Lupus of Troyes (f.d. July 29), Eucherius of
        Lyons (f.d. November 16), and Hilary of Arles (f.d. May 5), as well as
        others. This was the beginning of the celebrated monastery of Lerins,
        whose history lasted for nearly 1,400 years. Some of the monks lived in
        community; others were anchorites. The Rule was that of Saint
        Pachomius
        (f.d. May 9).

        About 426-427, he was forced to become archbishop of the important see
        of Arles. However, he labours in the field he did not want lasted less
        than three years. Honoratus died exhausted by his austerities and
        apostolic labours in 429.

        His relative Hilary, who succeeded him as bishop of Arles, wrote a
        panegyric of Saint Honoratus that speaks of the trouble taken by the
        saint to ensure that no one in this island community should be
        dispirited, overworked, or idle; and 'it is astonishing how much work he
        got through himself, of poor health as he was.' Many visitors found
        their way to the island (including Saint John Cassian), and no one left
        it 'without a perfectly carefree mind.' Honoratus is one of those
        blessedly joyful saints (Attwater, Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Hoare,
        Walsh).

        Lerin Islands (Iles des Lerins) - Directly off the shore of Cannes are the
        Iles de Lerins. These islands mirror the city's history and there is a
        classic coastal fortress designed by Vauban on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite
        with its Maritime Museum and where the mysterious "Man in the Iron Mask" and
        Marshal Bazaine were imprisoned. The Ile Saint-Honorat has a Mediterranean
        coastal forest of native pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees and a fortified
        abbey based in the monastery founded by Saint Honoratus at the end of the
        4th Century, which graduated St. Patrick, St. Hilaire, and St. Cezaire,
        among others.

        Saint Honoratus is generally portrayed as driving serpents from the
        island of Lerins, whose monastery he founded. He is shown at times (1)
        as a bishop over the island of Lerins with a phoenix below, or (2)
        drawing water from a rock with his mitre near him (Roeder).

        Icon of St. Honoratus (Honorine):
        In the Icons Folder of [celt-saints]
        http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Honoratus.htm


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