Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530) – March 5


Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530)

March 5



St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Saighir, or St. Kieran the Elder, is also called “the first-born of the Irish saints”. He was born in the fifth century in the Irish kingdom of Ossory and was related to the royal family. His father Luaigne was from Ossory, and his mother Liadan came from Cork. When Liadan was pregnant, she had a dream that a star fell from the sky and rested on her, which was understood as a sign that her infant would have a special role in the history of the Irish Church. Everybody saw brightness and holiness in little Kieran and he was loved by all. He was very kind, humble, inquisitive, loved animals, but first of all wanted to be closer to God. Various traditions connect him with different saints, which is not always chronologically correct, so the connection would have been spiritual, not physical.

Kieran may have been a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard under whom he may have studied. In his youth Kieran spent some time in continental Europe where he was ordained a priest. He probably studied in Gaul (at Tours) and Rome. On his return to Ireland, according to tradition, St. Patrick, the enlightener of the emerald isle, consecrated him the first Bishop of Ossory, where he preached the Gospels and has been venerated from time immemorial. Later the saint settled in the forests of the kingdom of Ossory where he lived in a tiny cell as a true anchorite in Saighir near the Slieve Bloom mountains. According to his biographer, St. Patrick gave him a bell saying that this bell would only ring on the spot where by the will of God Kieran would eventually found a great spiritual center—and this spot was Saighir.

By a spring, the ascetic built a cell of wattle and thin branches smeared with mud, and the roof was of grass and leaves. His diet consisted only of herbs and Continue reading “Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530) – March 5”

Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) – 29 Ebrill ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh


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Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)

Cymru a Chernyw  (+6ed ganrif)

29 Ebrill

Roedd Santes Dilig (hefyd Cenheidlo; ganwyd 470 AD) yn ferch i’r Brenin Brychan sefydlydd teyrnas Brycheiniog (yn ne-ddwyrain canolbarth Cymru) yn ôl traddodiad. Fel sant, dethlir dydd ei gŵyl ar 29 Ebrill. Dywedir iddi deithio gyda rhai o’i brodyr a’i chwiorydd i Gernyw lle truliodd y rhan fwyaf o’i hoes. Yr enw Lladin arni yw Endelienta. Dywed traddodiad ei bod yn perthyn i’r Brenin Arthur.

Roedd Brychan yn dad i bedwar ar hugain o blant yn ôl traddodiad. Tyfai’r rhan fwyaf ohonyn nhw i fyny i fod yn seintiau gan sefydlu eglwysi ledled y wlad. Cyfeirir at deulu (“llwyth”) Brychan yn y Trioedd fel un o “dri llwyth seintiau Cymru” (ynghyd â theuluoedd Caw a Chunedda.

Saint Carannog, Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England and his tamed dragon (dinosaur), 6th century – May 16





Saint Carranog

and his tamed dragon (dinosaur)

6th century


Cornwall, England




Saits Carranog



Saits Carranog & Curig


Saint Carannog / Carantock

Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England (+6th century

May 16

Saint Carantoc was the son of Ceredig, King of Cardigan, but he chose the life of a hermit and lived in a cave above the harbour of the place now called after him, Llangranog, where there is also a holy well, which he probably used. When the people tried to force him to succeed his father, he fled, and founded a religious settlement in Somerset at Continue reading “Saint Carannog, Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England and his tamed dragon (dinosaur), 6th century – May 16”

Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta) из Уэльс & Корнуолл, Англия (+6-го века) – 29 апреля ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian


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Св. Энделиент (St Endelienta)


Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta)

из Уэльс & Корнуолл, Англия (+6-го века)

29 апреля

Святая Энделиента (Endelienta, Endelient, Edellienta) или Энделлион (Endellion) (VI) — дева, затворница, дочь святого Брихана из Брекнока, память 29 апреля.

Св. Энделиента принесла Христову веру в село Сент-Энделлион в Корнуолле, называемое ныне в её честь. Два старинных источника неподалёку от села носят её имя.

Иногда говорят, что в валлийских записях она именуется Кинхейдон (Cynheiddon), или Кенхейдлон (Cenheidlon), в то время как Энделиента — не Continue reading “Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta) из Уэльс & Корнуолл, Англия (+6-го века) – 29 апреля ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian”

Saint Endelienta, Hermit-Martyr of Lundy Island & Cornwall, England (+6th ce.) – April 29





Saint Endelienta


Saint Endelienta,

Hermit-Martyr of Lundy Island & Cornwall, England

(+6th ce.) – April 29

Saint Endelienta (also Endelient, Edellienta or Endellion) was a Cornish saint of the 5th and 6th century. She is a daughter of the Welsh King Brychan, and a native of South Wales who travelled to North Cornwall to join her siblings in converting the locals to Christianity. She was a goddaughter of King Arthur, and that she lived as a hermit at Trentinney where she subsisted on the milk of a cow. The saint is commemorated in the church and village of St Endellion which bear her name; Endellion being an Anglicised version of her name. Her feast day is 29 April.

She a daughter of King Brychan, of Brycheiniog in South Wales. The village of Saint Endellion in Cornwall, named after her, is from where she is said to have Continue reading “Saint Endelienta, Hermit-Martyr of Lundy Island & Cornwall, England (+6th ce.) – April 29”

Saint Fillan of Strathfillan, Scotland (+8th century) – January 9, June 20 & August 26



Saint Fillan of Strathfillan, Scotland (+8th century)

January 9, June 20 & August 26



St. Fillan (Foelan) lived in the eighth century. He was born in Ireland; his mother was St. Kentigerna and his uncle was St. Comgan. From time immemorial he has been much venerated in both Ireland and Scotland. He may have been educated at Taghmon Monastery in Wexford (Ireland) under St. Fintan Munnu. Later, probably in about 717, he moved together with his mother and other relatives to Scotland. There he became a monk and lived the monastic life until the end of his life. It is known that for some time Fillan preached the Good News together with Sts. Kentigerna and Comgan and then retired to live as a hermit in a cave on the site of the present-day village Pittenweem (“the cave’s place”) in the county of Fife. This village was to become one of the most important places for his veneration. With time Fillan was appointed abbot of a monastery in Fife but after several years he gave up his abbacy and retreated to Glendochart (in Perthshire) where he lived alone in prayer and contemplation and finally built a church. Today a number of places and churches in the vicinity of Glendochart bear the name of the saint.

During his life Fillan by his prayer healed from many diseases the sick who flocked to him. The hermit worked miracles. Once, when he was abbot, a wolf ate one of his oxen while the saint was working in the field. The abbot commanded the wolf as a penance to plough up that part of the field instead of the ox that it had eaten. The wild wolf obeyed the saint and immediately fulfilled the task. The veneration of St. Fillan in Scotland was so strong that in 1314 the Scottish king Robert Bruce took the reliquary with the saint’s arm with him to the Battle of Bannockburn and attributed his victory over the English to the saint’s intercession.

Fillan reposed and was buried in Strathfillan, the centre of his veneration. He probably built a church or a monastery on this site and preached to the local Pictish population. The cave of St. Fillan in Pittenweem survives to this day. After his death the cave became a destination for many pilgrims, and a holy well with healing power existed near it for many years. In late medieval times a small Augustinian priory, associated with the monastery on the Isle of May (in the outer Firth of Forth), was founded in Pittenweem and named after St. Fillan. Several centuries ago Fillan’s cave was left derelict and forgotten for a certain time. In about 1900, a horse that pastured in a local priory garden suddenly fell into an overgrown hole. When the hole was cleared it turned out that it was the saint’s cell, abandoned long before. Several stones which had healing properties owing to Fillan’s prayers were discovered in the cave together with the partly surviving holy well. In 2000, both the cave and the well were consecrated and opened for visitors.

The personal bell and staff of St. Fillan survive to this day: they are kept at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. In the past this bell was usually placed above those who suffered from severe headache—and the pain abated! In Strathfillan many lunatics were miraculously healed in ancient times. D.H. Farmer and other researchers write that mentally ill people used to be dipped into the Strathfillan well and then left for one night, tied up in a corner of St. Fillan’s ruined chapel. If the following morning they were found loosed from their chains, they were considered to be completely cured. This practice existed until the first half of the nineteenth century. Today Strathfillan is a picturesque strath (a Scottish word meaning a broad, often mountainous, valley) in west Perthshire with the river Fillan flowing through it.

In the picturesque village of Killin, situated near Stirling, there are so-called healing stones, associated with St. Fillan, and kept at a former mill. According to tradition, due to the prayers of St. Fillan each of these stones heals a specific part of the body from various diseases. Interestingly, it was James Stuart, a minister from Killin, who in 1767 prepared the first New Testament in Scottish Gaelic, and his son, John, prepared the first edition of the Old Testament in this ancient language several decades later.

In the village of St Fillans in Perth and Kinross in central Scotland there is an ancient pre-Norman chapel dedicated to St. Fillan. According to local tradition, St. Fillan for some time lived on a hill nearby. An Episcopalian church in the village of Kilmacolm in Inverclyde is also dedicated to him. The nineteenth century Catholic church in the village of Houston in Renfrewshire in west central Scotland bears his name. There is also an ancient ruined church of St. Fillan not far from it, in the parish of Houston and Killellan. Close to the village there are two holy wells, dedicated to St. Fillan and St. Peter, which still have curative power. There are several other partly surviving early churches dedicated to this saint, scattered in different parts of Scotland, mostly on islands, which so much attracted Celtic saints by their severe beauty. Outside Scotland, St. Fillan is venerated in the Irish counties of Westmeath and Laois.

The fly, the mouse and the cock of Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh, Ireland (+632) – October 29


The fly, the mouse and the cock

of Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh, Ireland (+632)

October 29



Like many Irish saints, St. Colman lived in harmony with wild nature. Various versions of his life relate the same and truly striking story (though with different minor details) about the communication of the holy man with animals. This story says that a cock, a mouse, and a fly were Colman’s closest friends in Burren. All of them served their holy master as they could. The cock crowed at a certain time every night, reminding the saint of the time for prayer; the mouse gently touched his face, thus waking him up and ensuring that he slept only five hours per day; the fly carefully crept over the lines of the sacred books that he read, and when his eyes got tired or when the saint had to move away for a while, the fly crawled onto the first letter of the following sentence so that he could never lose his place.

The saint loved and fed these faithful friends. Once Colman got so tired that he fell into a very deep sleep and the mouse could not awaken him as usual. Then it began scratching his ear so hard that Colman awoke immediately: he praised the animal and gave it more food from that time on. One day the saint was away for more than an hour, conversing with a guest. On his return he noticed that the fly was sitting without movement on the very word in his prayer-book where he had stopped before leaving. The saint praised the fly for its zeal and began giving it more breadcrumbs with drops of honey as a treat. But by the end of summer all of them died on the same day: the fly was the first and the mouse and cock died after it from grief. In his sorrow St. Colman wrote a letter to his friend, St. Columba of Iona, telling him this story. And St. Columba sent a letter in reply: “When you had these friends, brother, you were rich. That is why you are in sorrow now. Such sorrows come due to riches. So try not to have riches any more.” And Colman realized that one can be rich even without money.