Celtic/orthodox- Ss. Ethenea and Fidelmia – 11 January 2017

Ss. Ethenea (Ethna) and Fidelmia (Fedelma), Virgins

Died 433.

The story is told that one summer day the little daughters of King Laoghaire of Connaught, Ethna and Fedelma, who were barely out of childhood and full of fun, went for their daily bath in a private place near the palace, a place to which no one ever came so early in the morning. But this special day they were surprised to hear voices and see tents encamped on the grassy slope near the pool.

There was a drone of a strange language and every now and again a sweet voice broke into song and mingled with that of the birds in the nearby woods and the murmuring of the river. Saint Patrick and his companions, who had arrived during the night with a message for the King of Connaught, were praying the Divine Office in Latin. Finally, each group spied the other.

The older princess asked, Who are you, and where do you come from?

Patrick hesitated, then said: We have more important things to tell you than just our names and where we’re from. We know who the one true God is whom you should adore. . . .
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