Celtic and Old English Saints 17 July 2017


St. Cynllo of Wales  5th century. Little is known of this saint who gave his name to several churches in Wales-

St Cynllo, Llangynllollang1a20em-1024x768

The church was designed by John Middleton of Cheltenham and built in 1869-70. It is dedicated to St. Cynllo, a saint of the fifth century, who was eminent for the sanctity of his life and the austerity of his manners.  Today this beautiful church is a Grade II listed building. You can learn more about St Cynllo and the church by visiting the St Cynllo’s Church website (link opens in a new tab).

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St Cynllo Nantmel An early celtic site dedicated to St Cynllo situated within an almost perfect circular Llan high above the village of Nantmel. the church was rebuilt in Victorian times and little of the earlier church remains.

St. Kenelm of Mercia


Commemorated July17/30

Unfortunately, the early, original life of St. Kenelm, one of the most venerated saints of western England, has not survived, but there are many late medieval traditions associated with the saint. All of them reflect the English people’s deep love for this holy prince and martyr, from whose relics numerous miracles have occurred over the centuries. According to the evidence of the historian William of Malmesbury, who lived in the twelfth century, at that time the shrine of St. Kenelm in the town of Winchcombe in Gloucestershire attracted more pilgrims from England and abroad than did any other shrine in the country.

According to earlier evidence, Kenelm (Cynehelm), prince of the ancient and powerful English kingdom of Mercia, was probably born in 786, a son of the pious King Coenwulf of Mercia, who ruled from 796 to 821. Among Coenwulf’s good deeds was the foundation in 789 of a monastery in Winchcombe, the capital of Mercia. According to two of the most reliable versions, the young prince was either murdered in 811 at the hands of traitors of the royal household of Mercia, who strived to take power unlawfully, or fell in a battle with the pagans in the Marches (the border area between England and Wales). The name of prince Kenelm can be found in a number of surviving official documents, charters and letters of that period. But his name disappears from all documents after 811, so it can be supposed that he was martyred in that year.


St. Kenelm’s Church, Minster Lovell, Oxon


St. Turninus of Antwerp

8th century. Saint Turninus, an Irish monk and priest, worked as a missionary in the Netherlands with Saint Foillan, especially in the area around Antwerp, where he died. His relics were translated to Liege, where they are enshrined in a monastery on the Sambre ( BenedictinesHusenbeth).

Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73).  Volume VII: July. The Lives of the Saints.  1866.July 17
St. Turninus, Confessor of Ireland
HE was a holy Irish priest and monk, who coming with St. Foilan into the Netherlands, laboured with unwearied zeal in bringing souls to the perfect practice of Christian virtue. The territory about Antwerp reaped the chief fruit of his apostolic mission. He died there about the close of the eighth century. His relics were translated into the principality of Liege, and are honourably enshrined in a monastery situated on the Sambre. See Colgan MSS. ad 17. Jul.