St. Lugid, Abbot of Clonfert, Ireland, Who Founded 120 Monasteries and Wrote a Very Ascetic Rule
(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,1 Encyclopaedia,2 Farmer,3, Husenbeth4).
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.
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- 4. Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler’s Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints. London: Virtue & Co.
- Celtic and Old English Saints – 4 August . 2016. Celtic and Old English Saints – 4 August . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.celticsaints.org/2016/0804a.html. [Accessed 04 August 2016].