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    Celtic and Old English Saints 4 August =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Lugid of Clonfert * St. Sithney
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 4 August

      * St. Lugid of Clonfert
      * St. Sithney

      St. Lugid, Abbot of Clonfert, Ireland,
      Who Founded 120 Monasteries
      and Wrote a Very Ascetic Rule
      (also known as Molua, Lua, Da Lua, Luanus, Lugid, Lughaidh)

      Born in Limerick; died August 4, 622. Saint Molua was educated at Bangor
      under Saint Comgall and was known as a monk, hermit and builder. As
      Bernard of Clairvaux assures us, Molua founded over 100 monasteries in
      Ireland, including that of Killaloe (County Clare) and Cluain-Fearta
      Molua, on the borders of Ossory and Queen's County in Leinster. Saint
      Molua prescribes a most austere monastic rule that was long observed in
      Ireland. It enjoined the strictest silence and recollection, and forbade
      women from approaching the church of the monks. Despite his strict
      observance of the monastic discipline, he was a man of great tenderness
      to both man and beast. His principal disciple was Saint Flannan, who
      succeeded him in the governance of Killaloe. Molua's oratory on Friars'
      Island, a few hundred yards from the cathedral, was re-erected before
      the area was submerged by the Shannon hydro-electric works in 1929
      (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Husenbeth).

      Troparion of St Lugid Tone 4
      Renowned for thy virtuous life/ and thy zeal as a founder of
      monasteries,/ pray O Father Lugid, that God will raise up monastics in
      our day/ to instruct and guide the faithful in their struggles/ that
      many souls may be saved.

      St. Sithney (Sezni)
      Date unknown. The legend of Saint Sithney is an interesting adaptation
      of that of Saint Kieran of Saighir. According to a Breton folk story,
      God revealed to Sithney that he was to be the patron of young girls. The
      alarmed saint begged God to spare him from such an onerous task because
      they would plague him for husbands, fine clothes, and numerous other
      things and never allow him any peace. He said that he would rather look
      after mad dogs than women any day. From that day, sick and mad dogs have
      been taken to Sithney's well to drink. He is the patron of Sithney near
      Helston in Cornwall, England, where William Worcestre saw his tomb. His
      cultus is still alive at Guisseny (formerly Ploesezny) in Brittany

      Troparion of St Sithney Tone 4
      Thou wast clothed in humility,/ patient in adversity and diligent in thy
      preaching,/ O Hierarch Sithney,/ and as a model of chastity and lover of
      austerity/ teach us to reject the glamour of worldliness,/ for love of
      Christ,/ that at the last we may receive mercy for our souls.

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