- Celtic and Old English Saints 6 May
* St. Edbert of Lindisfarne
* St. Colman Mac Ui Cluasigh of Cork
St. Edbert (Eadbert, Eadbeorht) Bishop of Lindisfarne
Died May 6, 698. When Saint Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, died in
687, he was succeeded by Saint Edbert. The venerable Bede wrote that
Edbert was a man noted for his knowledge of the Scriptures and for his
obedience to God's
commandments, and especially for his generosity. Bede tells us that
Saint Edbert every year "obeyed the law of the Old Testament by giving
one tenth of all his cattle, his crops, his fruit, and his clothing to
Eleven years after Cuthbert's death, his coffin was opened and the body
was found to be incorrupt, the joints still pliable and the clothing
fresh and bright. Edbert kissed the clothing that had covered the
saint's body, then ordered that new garments be put on the saint and a
new coffin made. The coffin, he said, must be given a place of honour.
And he instructed his monks to leave a space under it for his own grave,
which he filled within a very short time.
Edbert imitated his predecessor in other acts of godliness, spending 40
days in solitary meditation twice annually (the Lent and before
Christmas) on a small island, and building fine churches for the worship
of God. He installed a leaden roof on the wooden church built by Saint
Finan and dedicated to Saint Peter on Lindisfarne. Edbert lies, like
Cuthbert, in Durham Cathedral, for the bodies of both saints were
carried there in 875 after many years of being moved around to escape
the marauders from Scandinavia (Benedictines, Bentley, Farmer,
St. Colman Mac Ui Cluasigh (of Cork)
Died 7th century. This Saint Colman was a professor at Cork. About 664,
he wrote a prayer in verse (or 'lorica') seeking
protection for the yellow plague that killed one-third of Ireland's
population. He took his students to an island in the ocean to escape
the pestilence. En route they chanted the prayer, which is believed to
be the only extant writing from Finbarr's (f.d. July 4) school at Cork.
The prayer was included in Kathleen Hoagland's "1000 years of Irish
Poetry" published November 1999 (D'Arcy, Healy, Hoagland).
Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
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Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
(1966). The Book of Saints. NY: Thomas Y. Crowell.
Bentley, J. (1986). A Calendar of Saints: The Lives of the
Principal Saints of the Christian Year, NY: Facts on File.
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.]
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.
Hoagland, K. (ed.) (1950). 1000 years of Irish Poetry. New
York: Devin-Adair Co.
Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler's
Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
London: Virtue & Co.
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