St. Budoc of Dol
6th or 7th century; feast day also on December 8. Breton sources call Saint Budoc the son of the King of Goello (Treguier), Brittany, and Azenor, daughter of the ruler of Brest. Budoc was supposed to have been born at sea under incredible circumstances. His mother had been falsely accused of infidelity by her jealous stepmother. His furious father had exiled Azenor and near Brest had thrown his pregnant wife into the sea in a cask. There Budoc was born attended in his mother’s visions by Saint Brigid (f.d. February 1)). Five months later they landed on the coast of Ireland, where Azenor became the laundress for the monastery of Beau Port near Waterford. There Budoc was raised and educated at Youghal monastery and later became its abbot.
The “vita” (9th century) of Breton Saint Winwaloe (f.d. March 3) describes Budoc as a teacher living on the island of Laurea. Later Budoc was elected bishop, and then returned to Brittany, where he succeeded Saint Samson (f.d. July 28) and Saint Maglorius (f.d. October 24) as bishop of Dol and ruled for 26 years (according to the 10th-century “vita” of Maglorius and the 11th-century “Chronicle of Dol”).[read more]
Troparion of St Budoc
Thou wast miraculously preserved from the ocean’s fury
and, being sustained by the hand of God,
thou didst devote thyself to His service, O Hierarch Budoc.
Being showered with both temporal and spiritual honours both in Armagh and in Dol,
thou didst labour to win souls for Christ,
therefore we implore thine aid,
begging Christ our God that He will save our souls.
Celtic and Old English Saints – 9 December . 2016. Celtic and Old English Saints – 9 December . [ONLINE] Available at: http://celticsaints.org/2016/1209a.html. [Accessed 09 December 2016].
Image at: CatholicSaints.Info. 2015. Saint Budoc of Brittany. [ONLINE] Available at: http://catholicsaints.info/saint-budoc-of-brittany/. [Accessed 9 December 2016]