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Saint Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland  (+461) – Commemorated by the Eastern Orthodox Church on March 17

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Saint Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland  (+461)

Commemorated by the Eastern Orthodox Church on March 17

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Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, the son of Calpurnius, a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes). He lived in the village of Bannavem Taberniae, which may have been located at the mouth of the Severn River in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain identified with Slemish in Co. Antrim. During his peri
od of slavery, Patrick acquired a proficiency in the Irish language which was very useful to him in his later mission.

He prayed during his solitude on the mountain, and lived this way for six years. He had two visions. The first told him he would return to his home. The second told him his ship was ready. Setting off on foot, Patrick walked two hundred miles to the coast. There he succeeded in boarding a ship, and returned to his parents in Britain.

Some time later, he went to Gaul and studied for the priesthood at Auxerre under St Germanus (July 31). Eventually, he was consecrated as a bishop, and was entrusted with the mission to Ireland, succeeding St Palladius (July 7). St Palladius did not achieve much success in Ireland. After about a year he went to Scotland, where he died in 432.

Patrick had a dream in which an angel came to him bearing many letters. Selecting one inscribed “The Voice of the Irish,” he heard the Irish entreating him to come back to them.

Although St Patrick achieved remarkable results in spreading the Gospel, he was not the first or only missionary in Ireland. He arrived around 432 (though this date is disputed), about a year after St Palladius began his mission to Ireland. There were also other missionaries who were active on the southeast coast, but it was St Patrick who had the greatest influence and success in preaching the Gospel of Christ. Therefore, he is known as “The Enlightener of Ireland.”

His autobiographical Confession tells of the many trials and disappointments he endured. Patrick had once confided to a friend that he was troubled by a certain sin he had committed before he was fifteen years old. The friend assured him of God’s mercy, and even supported Patrick’s nomination as bishop. Later, he turned against him and revealed what Patrick had told him in an attempt to prevent his consecration. Many years later, Patrick still grieved for his dear friend who had publicly shamed him.

St Patrick founded many churches and monasteries across Ireland, but the conversion of the Irish people was no easy task. There was much hostility, and he was assaulted several times. He faced danger, and insults, and he was reproached for being a foreigner and a former slave. There was also a very real possibility that the pagans would try to kill him. Despite many obstacles, he remained faithful to his calling, and he baptized many people into Christ.

The saint’s Epistle to Coroticus is also an authentic work. In it he denounces the attack of Coroticus’ men on one of his congregations. The Breastplate (Lorica) is also attributed to St Patrick. In his writings, we can see St Patrick’s awareness that he had been called by God, as well as his determination and modesty in undertaking his missionary work. He refers to himself as “a sinner,” “the most ignorant and of least account,” and as someone who was “despised by many.” He ascribes his success to God, rather than to his own talents: “I owe it to God’s grace that through me so many people should be born again to Him.”

By the time he established his episcopal See in Armargh in 444, St Patrick had other bishops to assist him, many native priests and deacons, and he encouraged the growth of monasticism.

St Patrick is often depicted holding a shamrock, or with snakes fleeing from him. He used the shamrock to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Its three leaves growing out of a single stem helped him to explain the concept of one God in three Persons. Many people now regard the story of St Patrick driving all the snakes out of Ireland as having no historical basis.

St Patrick died on March 17, 461. There are various accounts of his last days, but they are mostly legendary. Muirchu says that no one knows the place where St Patrick is buried. St Columba of Iona (June 9) says that the Holy Spirit revealed to him that Patrick was buried at Saul, the site of his first church. A granite slab was placed at his traditional grave site in Downpatrick in 1899.

Saint Patrick, please pray for us the sinners!

Saint Ia, Missionary & Virgin Martyr in Cornwall, England, from Ireland (+450) – February 3

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Saint Ia,

Missionary & Virgin Martyr in Cornwall, England,

from Ireland (+450)

February 3

Saint Ia of Cornwall (also known as Eia, Hia or Hya) was an evangelist and martyr of the 5th century in Cornwall. She was an Irish princess, the sister of Saint Erc of Slane and a student of Saint Baricus.

St Ia went to the seashore to depart for Cornwall from her native Ireland along with other saints. Finding that they had gone without her, fearing that she was too young for such a hazardous journey, she was grief-stricken and began to pray. As she prayed, she noticed a small leaf floating on the water and touched it with a rod to see if it would sink. As she watched, it grew bigger and bigger. Trusting God, she embarked upon the leaf and was carried across the Irish Sea. She reached Cornwall before the others, where she joined Saint Gwinear and Felec of Cornwall. They had up to 777 companions.

She founded an oratory in a clearing in a wood on the site of the existing Parish Church that is dedicated to her. Ia was martyred under “King Teudar” (i.e., Tewdwr Mawr of Penwith) on the River Hayle and buried at what is now St Ives, where St Ia’s Church—of which she is now the patron saint—was erected over her grave. The town built up around it. Her feast day is February 3.

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 St Ia of Ireland & Cornwall

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St. Ives, Cornwall, England

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The Celtic Cross of the Irish forester Liam Emmery in Donegal Forest, Ireland

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The Celtic Cross of the Irish forester Liam Emmery

in Donegal Forest, Ireland

The “Emmery Celtic Cross” named after Liam Emmery, who planned the masterpiece out, planting two different types of trees 10 years ago. Liam sadly passed away 6 years ago without being able to see his creation grow and flourish. It was forgotten about since not many knew about it, however in the last year, passengers flying into Derry airport started to spot the cross. It is at least 400 feet in length and 150 feet wide and is truly a sight to behold.

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The forester Liam Emmery

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Saint Molagga (Molacus / Laicin) of Timolague, Co. Cork, Ireland, his Holy Well & his 3 ancient Monasteries in Ireland (+655) – Timolague Video

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St Molagga’s Monastery in Timoleague, Ireland

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Saint Molagga (Molacus / Laicin) 

of Timolague, Co. Cork, Ireland (+655)

Feast day: January 20

St Molagga’s father was named Dubhligh(dh) and his mother Mioncolla, both of whom were of humble stock and they lived at (Cloch)-Liathmhuire, near Fermoy, Co Cork. The parents were quite old and without children when St Cu(o)imin Fada (12th November) with his brother St Comdhan and some companions passed the way and asked for assistance which was given. After being told of the circumstances of the couple, St Co(u)imin informed them that they would beget a son who would become famous in Ireland for his virtues, sanctity and learning. Also, that he would be a glorious light in his generation, the counsellor and director of the country people and their shield in adversity. Soon, Dubhligh and Mioncolla experienced a miraculous change in their persons; they lost all the signs of age and looked young again. Further, Mioncolla conceived and bore Molagga after 7 months. The people wondered at the changes and how they could have a child. The circumstances of his Baptism also had a miraculous character, which was performed by St Cuimin by happy chance, as the parents met him while intending to go elsewhere. Nearby, a new fountain and stream suddenly appeared to provide water for the Baptism and St Coimin saw angels present at the ceremony.
When growing up, St Molagga acquired many virtues and much knowledge from a number of holy masters and teachers. It is thought that he was trained for a time by St Coimin. When he became an adult a number of disciples attached themselves to him and he founded a monastery near Fermoy, possibly at Tullach-Mhin, Co Tipperary or at Teampall-Molagga, about one mile North-East of Kildorrery (Cill-dá-rí or Church-of-the-Two-Kings), in County Cork. Nearby are found a number of L(e)abba (=bed of)-Molagga which became scenes of miracles for pilgrims in later times.
Around 620, accompanied by other saints and companions, St Molagga visited the court of the local King Cuanna whose queen had just died in childbirth. He Baptised the boy-child as Cuíganmáthair (Caoi-gan-má÷air meaning, sorrow-without-mother) and expressed a wish that the child should not be without a mother, upon which the queen was restored to life. He also predicted an important future for the child.
Some time later, to show his disapproval of the actions of the King and nobles, St Molagga left the area and travelled to Conor (Co Antrim). On the journey he had to pass over water which was accomplished miraculously using merely a framework of twigs in place of a boat. In another place he left his bell behind him and it was miraculously restored to him and the place where this occurred was subsequently called Tearmonn-an-Chluig, or Sanctuary or Glebe or Place-of-the-Bell. Next, he crossed the sea to Scotland and cured a 17-year-old boy who had been dumb from birth. Afterwards he travelled to St David’s monastery in Wales and restored a dead monk to life. There, after some time, he had a vision from an angel who instructed him to return to Ireland. He landed near Dublin where he cured a chieftain of a wasting ulcer. The chieftain thereupon gave him a site for a Church and monastery in Fingall. There he brought bees from Wales and so the place was henceforth called Lann-Beachaire or the Church-of-the-Bees. He then proceeded to Clonmacnoise where he remained for a while before returning to his own territory in Co Cork where he was warmly welcomed back and he was given many gifts for his Church and monastery at Tegh (=House of)-Molagga.

While he was away, Cuíganmáthair had grown up and become King of Munster, but had been struck by a disease and feared for his life. Because of his crimes he resolved on a pilgrimage and thus wanted to abdicate. His nobles and subkings were concerned at this because it would de-stabilise the kingdom so they asked St Molagga for help and in return they conferred the privilege of refuge to his Church. A convention of nobles and clerics was called at Tegh-Molagga which included the Abbot of Emly, the Bishop of Cork, St Cuimin Fada and possibly even St Fursey (Abbot of Lagny). All the problems were resolved and the grants to St Molagga confirmed. One prince objected and was chastised by a miracle. However, he repented and St Molagga cured him. Later, he restored 7 others to life in order for them to make repentance. St Molagga is also said to have founded the Church at Timoleague, Co Cork but some scholars disagree.
In 664, Ireland was struck by a devastating plague, called the Buidhe-Chonaill or Yellow Fever. Corcabhaiscind in South-West Co Clare was particularly badly affected. St Molagga went there and found only 33 men and 28 women alive. He blessed them and there were no further deaths from the plague and later they increased and multiplied. Subsequently, St Molagga was held in the greatest of veneration there, even for a long time after his death, and he became Patron of the locality.
St Molagga is said to have survived the plague even though he was very old at the time. He was distinguished for many virtues and miracles and he was loved and admired by all. He died on the 20th of January but the year in uncertain. Tradition says he was buried at one of the Leaba-Molagga. He is listed in most of the Irish Calendars as well as the Kalendar of Drummond in Scotland. His feast was celebrated in early times, particularly in North-East Cork, Timoleague and in Dublin. The original Church at Timoleague was replaced by a Franciscan Friary in 1240, and nothing remains of our Saint’s monastery. There is an old poetic lament in Gaelic ‘Caoine Tí Molagga’ i.e. The Lament for the House (=Church and monastery) of Molagga.
One of St Molagga’s chief objectives was to shed the light of religion and science, by his instructions and example, over those ages which had been kept in the dark. He also wished to demonstrate the greatness of the Church, and her sanctity allied to the constant progress of Christian civilisation. He proved quite equal to such an undertaking, hard as it was, and not unfraught with peril under difficult conditions. Deep erudition was needed, no apocryphal documents would be accepted, no doubtful texts quoted, nor contestable arguments advanced, when he had to deal with those learned men who were his adversaries, when the relics of paganism were not wholly extinct in Ireland, and when Christians needed the wholesome food of sound doctrine, and the salt of true wisdom, to preserve them from contamination and the dangers of their age. And, whenever was it otherwise? As the French say; “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”.

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St Molagga’s Monastery in Timoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Co. Cork, Ireland

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The village Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ireland

where St Molagga founded a small Monastery

called Templemolaga

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Parish Church

To the north of the oratory is the Parish Church known as Templemolaga. It is a large rectangular building, 11.8 metres in length by 7.2 metres wide. Very little remains of the church apart from the low walls. The west wall has been rebuilt. The present doorway may not be original. The original masonry and plinth at the base of the south wall suggests the church may be Romanesque. We do know that by the 16th century the church lay in ruins.

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Entrance to St. Molagga’s Graveyard

in Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ireland

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St Molagga’s Well in Templemolaga Monastery

in Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ireland

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St Molagga’s Monastery in Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Village Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ireland

& the river Funshion

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Village Kildorrery to Templemolaga Monastery

Fermoy to Templemolaga Monastery

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River Funshion

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Other one ancient Monastery of St Molagga in

Labbamolaga, Co. Cork, Ireland

The walls of two churches remain within a subrectagular enclosure. The smaller church has deep antae and a lintelled doorway; inside is a slab which tradition holds indicates the grave of the founding saint. The larger and later church had a nave and chancel, but is without any features, and the walls only remain to a height of c.0.60 m.

The monastery can probably be identified as Tulach-min-Molaga, founded by St Molagga, of Timoleague and Lann Beachaire, in the 7th century. Its current name, literally, ‘Molaga’s bed’, probably refers to the saint’s final resting place or grave here.

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St Molagga’s grave

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Volute on St Molaige’s Bed

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The town Fermoy & the river Blackwater

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Fermoy, Ireland

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