St. Conran, Bishop of Orkney
|1. Saint Conran Bishop of Orkney|
The hagiographer Alban Butler (1710–1773) wrote in his Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints,
Saint Conran, Bishop of Orkney, C.
The Isles of Orkney are twenty-six in number, besides the lesser, called Holmes, which are uninhabited, and serve only for pasture. The faith was planted here by Saint Palladius, and Saint Sylvester, one of his fellow-labourers, who was appointed by him the first pastor of this church, and was honoured in it on the 5th of February. In these islands formerly stood a great number of holy monasteries, the chief of which was Kirkwall. This place was the bishop’s residence, and is at this day the only remarkable town in these islands. It is situated in the largest of them, which is thirty miles long, called anciently Pomonia, now Mainland. This church is much indebted to Saint Conran, who was bishop here in the seventh century, and whose name, for the austerity of his life, zeal, and eminent sanctity, was no less famous in those parts, so long as the Catholic religion flourished there, than those of Saint Palladius and of Saint Kentigern. The cathedral of Orkney was dedicated under the invocation of Saint Magnus, king of Norway.
- Butler, Alban (1821), The lives of the fathers, martyrs, and other principal saints, vol. 2, London: John Murphy, retrieved 2021-08-19 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate (1921), The Book of saints : a dictionary of servants of God canonized by the Catholic Church, London: A. & C. Black, ltd., retrieved 2021-07-26 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
2. Saint Manchan of Mohill, February 14
Today some of the Irish calendars commemorate a Saint Manchan of Mohill, County Leitrim, but not much more is known of the saint. The Martyrology of Oengus does not mention him and the Martyrology of Donegal entry simply records his name and location:
14. C. SEXTO DECIMO KAL. MARTII. 14.
MAINCHEIN, of Moethail.
The translator adds a footnote that companions of the saint are also mentioned in some of the manuscripts of other Martyrologies:
Moethail. The more recent hand adds, “Cum sociis” Mart. Tumi. But the Brussels MS. of the Mart Taml. reads “Cum sociis suis.” (T.)
Due to the lack of further information and the existence of a number of saints with the name of Manchan, some confusion has arisen as to the exact identity of the saint associated with Mohill. The 16th-century Archbishop Ussher claimed to have a Life of this Saint Manchan written by Richard Fitz-Ralph, Archbishop of Armagh (1347-60). In it Saint Manchan was presented as having charge of seven churches and as having been the founder of the monastery of Canons Regular of Saint Augustine at Mohill. He was said to have converted many people in different localities to Christ. However, as the order of Canons Regular were a product of the 12th-century reform of the Irish Church, Fitz-Ralph is reflecting the realities of the later medieval period, rather than that of a supposedly 7th-century Saint Manchan….[..] https://www.omniumsanctorumhiberniae.com/2013/02/saint-manchan-of-mohill-february-14.html
3. Saint Sineach of Srath, February 14
Today’s saint, Sineach of Srath, is yet another of the many Irish saints whom it is impossible to identify conclusively. His feast is recorded at February 14 on both the earlier Martyrology of Tallagh and the later Martyrology of Donegal. And as Canon O’Hanlon explains, the place name associated with the saint in the later calendar is too generic to permit a firm identification with any specific locality: – https://www.omniumsanctorumhiberniae.com/2014/02/saint-sineach-of-srath-february-14.html
Orthodox Saints 14th February
Monday, February 14, 2022
Fast Free | No fasting restrictions.
Today we commemorate
- Holy Father Auxentius of the Mountain
- This Saint, who was from the East, lived during the reign of Saint Theodosius the Younger. In 442 he enlisted in the Fourth Military Company of the Scholarii, that is, the Imperial Guard. Afterwards, he became a monk on a certain mountain in Bithynia (which later took his name), not far from Chalcedon. On becoming the archimandrite of the monastics gathered there, and proving himself to be most enduring in asceticism and most Orthodox in his faith, he reposed during the reign of the Emperor Leo the Great of Thrace, who reigned from 457 to 474. https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?contentid=429
- Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles & Teacher of the Slavs
- Saint Cyril was born in Thessaloniki in the early 9th century to pious parents. His family was one of only a few Byzantines in Thessaloniki at that time since it was largely populated by Slavs. Growing up in this situation, Cyril learned the Slavonic language, which later in life would serve him and the Church at large. He continued his education in Constantinople with his brother Methodios (see May 11th), each taking to their particular interests: Methodios in politics, and Cyril in philosophy and teaching. The two brothers were approached in 850 by Saint Photios the Great (see February 6th) to lead a diplomatic mission to the Khazars, the people who…[..]https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?contentid=428
- Nicholas the New Martyr of Corinth
- Abraham, Bishop of Carrhes in Mesopotamia
Prayer of the Hour
Enlighten now my mind’s eye, open my mouth to study your words and understand your commandments, to do your will and sing to you in heartfelt adoration, and praise your most holy name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
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