St. Oengus the Culdee 11 march 2017

St. Oengus the Culdee, Abbot & Bishop
(Aengus, Oengoba)

Born in Ireland; died c. 830. The appellation “Culdee,” Ceile De, or Kele-De means “worship of God,” which became the name of a monastic movement otherwise known as the “Companions of God.” Oengus was of the race of the Dalriadans, kings of Ulster. In his youth, renouncing all earthly pretensions, he chose Christ for his inheritance by embracing the religious life in the monastery of Cluain-Edneach (Clonenagh) in East Meath (County Laois). Here he became so great a proficient both in learning and sanctity, that no one in his time could be found in Ireland that equalled him in reputation for every kind of virtue, and for sacred knowledge. [go to]

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Excerpt from the Martyrology of Oengus, presenting the entries for 1 and 2 January in the form of quatrains of four six-syllabic lines for each day. In this 16th-century copy (MS G10 at the National Library of Ireland) we find pairs of two six-syllabic lines combined into bold lines, amended by glosses and notes that were added by later authors.


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