Celtic saints 25 April 2017



The Nave of Truro Cathedral, Cornwall At first glance this superb building looks like most other ancient cathedrals. So it is somewhat surprising to find that it was only completed in 1910. It was designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, who was also appointed Architect to Lincoln Cathedral to which Truro bears a resemblance. The quality of the stonework and intricate carving blasts the opinion that modern craftsmen can’t match the skills of those of old. Many of the memorials and artefacts from the pre-existing church of St Mary the Virgin were incorporated into the new. The whole building is breathtaking. This view looks down the length of immensely long Nave to the beautifully carved stone Reredos. I don’t possess a shot of the exterior worthy of showing, so would therefore direct my viewers to SW8244 : Truro Cathedral by David Dixon

St. Keby of Cornwall

4th century. Saint Kebius was ordained bishop by Saint Hilary of Poitiers, and, returning into his own country, preached conversion in Cornwall (Husenbeth).

St. Macaille of Croghan

Died c. 489. The sources say that there are two bishops whose feasts fall on the same day, both named Macaille. One was a disciple of Saint Patrick, and the other was converted by him (though the stories do not indicate that either was really a disciple, per se, of Patrick). One was a disciple of Saint Mel and assisted Mel in receiving the vow of Saint Brigid. There is a tradition that Mel erred in using the service for the consecration of a bishop, and that Macaille strongly protested. Saint Mel refused to admit he was wrong and said that it was all the will of God. This Macaille became the first bishop of Croghan, Offaly. The other, sometimes known as Saint Maccai, was also a disciple of Saint Patrick and is venerated on the isle of Bute.[ more]

St. Maughold of Man

Died c. 488. Saint Maughold was an Irish prince and reputedly a captain of robbers who was converted by Patrick. Upon his conversion, he became a new man by putting on the spirit of Christ. One version of the legend says that Patrick told him to put to sea in a coracle without oars as a penance for his evil deeds. Another says that he set sail in order to avoid the temptations of the world. In both stories, he retired to the Isle of Man (Eubonia) off the coast of Lancashire, England.[more]


St. Mella of Doire-Melle

Born at Connaught; died c. 780. Saint Mella was the mother of Saints Cannech and Tigernach. After the death of her husband, Mella embraced religious life and died as abbess of Doire-Melle, Leitrim (Benedictines).[St. Mella of Doire-Melle]