Αγία Γερτρούδη (St Gertrude) της Nivelles Βελγίου (+659) – 17 Μαρτίου

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Αγία Γερτρούδη (St Gertrude) της Nivelles Βελγίου (+659)

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Ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη (St Gertrude)

ὁσία ἱδρύτρια Μονῆς & ηγουμένη στη Nivelles Βελγίου (+659)

17 Μαρτίου

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

Ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη (St Gertrude) Θυγατέρα τοῦ Πιπίνου τῆς Landen (580-646), Αὐλάρχου τοῦ Βασιλέως τῆς Αὐστρασίας Κλοταίρου Β΄ καὶ τῆς Ἁγίας Ἴττας (St Itta), ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη γεννήθηκε στὴν Λάνδη τῆς Βραβάντης τοῦ Βελγίου τὸ 626.

Ἡ μητέρα της τὴν ἀνέθρεψε μὲ εὐσέβεια καὶ ἀγάπη γιὰ τὴν ἐν Χριστῷ ζωή. Στὴν ἡλικία τῶν δέκα ἐτῶν, ὁ Βασιλεὺς τῶν Φράγκων, Dagobert I, τῆς προέτεινε νὰ νυμφευθῆ τὸν υἱὸ ἑνὸς ἀπὸ τοὺς συμβούλους του.

Ἡ κόρη δήλωσε, ὅτι δὲν ἐπιθυμεῖ ἄλλο Νυμφίο παρὰ τὸν Κύριο ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστό. Ἡ ὁμήγυρις ἔμεινε κατάπληκτος πρὸ τῆς σταθερότητος τοῦ παιδιοῦ καὶ ἀνεγνώρισε, ὅτι πράγματι ἦταν ἐκλεκτὴ τοῦ Θεοῦ.

Μετὰ τὸν θάνατο τοῦ Πιπίνου (640), ἡ σύζυγός του ἀποσύρθηκε μὲ τὴν Ἁγία Γερτρούδη στὸ κτῆμα της στὴν Nivelle Βελγίου. Κατὰ συμβουλὴ τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἀμάνδου (St Amand) ἵδρυσε ἐκεῖ Μοναστήρι μὲ διπλῆ Ἀδελφότητα Μοναχῶν καὶ Μοναζουσῶν (σέ ξεχωριστά κτίρια).

Ἡ ἴδια ἔκοψε τὰ μαλλιὰ τῆς κόρης της γιὰ νὰ τὴν ἀφιερώση στὸν Θεό. Ἀφοῦ ἔλαβε τὸν πέπλο τῶν παρθένων ἀπὸ τὰ χέρια τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἐπισκόπου, ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη ὡρίσθηκε ἀπὸ τὴν μητέρα της ὡς Ἡγουμένη τῆς Ἀδελφότητος.

Προικισμένη μὲ στέρεα Πίστι καὶ σπάνια πνευματικὴ διάκρισι, ἐνέπνεε στὶς Ἀδελφὲς θεῖον ἔρωτα καὶ ζῆλο γιὰ τοὺς ἀγῶνες τῆς ἀσκήσεως. Ἀφωσιώνετο ἀψήφιστα στοὺς πτωχούς, τοὺς πάσχοντας καὶ τοὺς ἡλικιωμένους καὶ ὑποδέχετο στοργικὰ τοὺς ξένους προσκυνητάς.

Ἡ πνευματική της ἀκτινοβολία διαδόθηκε γρήγορα.

Δύο Ἰρλανδοὶ Μοναχοί, ὁ Ἅγιος Φοϊλλάν (St Foillan) καὶ ὁ ἀδελφός του Ἅγιος Οὔλταν (St Ultan), τοὺς ὁποίους ὁ φοβερὸς Βασιλεὺς τῆς Μερκίας Πένδας εἶχε διώξει ἀπὸ τὴν Ἀνατολικὴ Ἀγγλία, ἔγιναν δεκτοὶ στὴν Nivelle τοῦ Βελγίου ἀπὸ τὴν Ἁγία.

Ὁ ἀδελφὸς τῆς Γερτρούδης, Γριμοάλδος, Αὐλάρχης τῆς Αὐστρασίας, τοὺς ἐδώρησε κτήματα στὴν Φὸς-λὰ-βὶλ (σημ. Ναμύρ, στὸ Βέλγιο), ὅπου ἵδρυσαν Μονή, ὠργανωμένη κατὰ τὶς Κέλτικες Παραδόσεις.

Παρέμειναν ὡστόσο ὑπὸ τὴν πνευματικὴ καθοδήγησι τῆς Ἁγίας, ἡ ὁποία προσκαλοῦσε ὡρισμένους ἀπὸ τοὺς Μοναχοὺς αὐτοὺς γιὰ νὰ διδάξουν τὴν Ἁγία Γραφὴ στὶς Μοναχές, καὶ ἔστελνε ἄλλους νὰ κηρύξουν τὸ Εὐαγγέλιο στὶς γειτονικὲς περιοχές.

Μία ἡμέρα, καθὼς ὁ Ἅγιος Φοϊλλάν ἐπέστρεφε στὸ Μοναστήρι μετὰ τὴν τέλεσι τῆς Θείας Λειτουργίας στὴν Nivelle, ἔπεσε θῦμα συμμορίας ληστῶν στὸ δάσος μαζὶ μὲ τρεῖς συνοδούς του.

Ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη ὥρισε νηστεία καὶ προσευχὴ στὴν Ἀδελφότητα, γιὰ νὰ ἀποκαλύψη ὁ Θεὸς τὸ σκήνωμα τοῦ Ἁγίου. Μετὰ 77 ἡμέρες προσευχῆς, εἶδε ἐν ὁράματι φῶς νὰ καταυγάζη ἕναν τόπο στὸ δάσος ἐκεῖνο. Ἔστειλε ἀνθρώπους, οἱ ὁποῖοι ἀνεκάλυψαν τὸ σκήνωμα καὶ τὸ ἔφεραν εὐλαβῶς στὴν Μονὴ τοῦ Ἁγίου.

Ὁ ἀδελφός του Ἅγιος Οὐλτανός ἀνέλαβε ἔκτοτε τὴν διεύθυνσι τῆς ἀνδρώας Μονῆς (655).

Ἀφοὺ ἔζησε πέντε χρόνια ὑπὸ τὴν καθοδήγησι τῆς κόρης της, ἡ Ἁγία Ἴττα ἐκοιμήθη ἐν Κυρίῳ (652).

Ἡ Ἁγία Γερτρούδη, ποθοῦσα νὰ ἀφιερωθῆ περισσότερο στὴν προσευχή, ἐμπιστεύθηκε τὴν μέριμνα γιὰ τὶς ἐξωτερικὲς ὑποθέσεις τῆς Μονῆς σὲ Μοναχοὺς καὶ τὴν διοίκησι τῆς Ἀδελφότητος σὲ ἱκανὲς Μοναχές.

Ἀφωσιωμένη μὲ ἔνθερμο ζῆλο στὴν νηστεία, τὴν ἀγρυπνία καὶ τὴν προσευχή, ἀπέκτησε τόση παρρησία πρὸς τὸν Θεό, ὥστε ἐπανειλημμένως, ὅταν προσηύχετο στὸ Ναό, οἱ Ἀδελφὲς ἔβλεπαν νὰ παρουσιάζεται ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς της μία πύρινη σφαῖρα, ἡ ὁποία κατηύγαζε τὸν χῶρο.

Οἱ στερήσεις ὅμως ἔφθειραν τὴν ὑγεία της καὶ σὲ ἡλικία μόλις τριάντα ἐτῶν, μὲ τὴν συγκατάθεσι τῶν πνευματικῶν τέκνων της, ἀνέθεσε τὴν Ἡγουμενία στὴν εἰκοσαετῆ ἀνηψιά της, τὴν Ἁγία Βουλφετρούδη, τὴν ὁποίαν εἶχε ἀναθρέψει ἡ ἰδία.

Ἐγκαταβιώνοντας στὸ ἑξῆς ὡς ἁπλῆ Μοναχή, ἐπολλαπλασίασε τὶς προσευχές της παρὰ τὶς φθίνουσες δυνάμεις της καὶ ἔλαβε θαυμαστὲς ἀποκαλύψεις ἀπὸ τὸν Θεό.

Αἰσθανόμενη τὸ ἐπερχόμενο τέλος της, ἐσύναξε τὶς Ἀδελφές, τὶς παρώτρυνε νὰ μένουν πιστὲς στὶς μοναχικὲς ὑποσχέσεις τους καὶ τὶς ἔδωσε ὁδηγίες γιὰ τὸν τρόπο, μὲ τὸν ὁποῖον ἔπρεπε νὰ τὴν ἐνταφιάσουν, σκεπάζοντας τὸ μὲν σῶμα μὲ τὸν τρίχινο χιτῶνα της, τὴν δὲ κεφαλὴ μὲ ἐφθαρμένο πέπλο.

Ὕστερα, ἀπέστειλε ἀγγελιαφόρο στὸν Ἅγιο Οὔλταν, στὴν Μονὴ Φός, νὰ τὸν ἐρωτήση γιὰ τὴν ἡμέρα τῆς ἐκδημίας της. Ὁ Ὅσιος τὴν ἐπληροφόρησε, ὅτι θὰ παρέδιδε τὴν ψυχή της στὸν Θεὸ τὴν ἑπομένη, στὴν διάρκεια τῆς Θείας Λειτουργίας, καὶ τῆς παρήγγειλε νὰ μὴν φοβηθῆ τίποτα, διότι ὁ Ἅγιος Πατρίκιος καὶ Ἄγγελοι σταλμένοι ἀπὸ τὸν Θεὸ θὰ ἤρχοντο νὰ ὑποδεχθοῦν τὴν ψυχή της στὴν οὐράνια δόξα.

Παρέδωσε πράγματι τὴν ψυχή της στὸν οὐράνιο Νυμφίο της στὶς 17 Μαρτίου 659, ἀφοῦ κοινώνησε τῶν Ἀχράντων Μυστηρίων.

Ἀμέσως μετὰ τὴν μακαρία τῆς Κοίμησι, ἐπιτελέσθηκαν στὸν τάφο της θαύματα, ἡ δὲ τιμὴ τῆς Ἁγίας διαδόθηκε σὲ ὅλη τὴν Βόρεια Εὐρώπη, ὅπου τιμᾶται ὡς Προστάτις τῶν ταξιδιωτῶν, τῶν κηπουρῶν καί τῶν γάτων.

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Quand arrive les ténèbres, le vrai chrétien ne cesse de crier vers Dieu – Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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RUSSIA OF MY HEART

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Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908)

20 décembre

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Quand arrive les ténèbres,

le vrai chrétien ne cesse de crier vers Dieu

Il y a dans la vie des chrétiens fervents des heures où Dieu semble les avoir complètement abandonnés, heures de la puissance des ténèbres.

L’Homme alors, des profondeurs de son cœur crie vers Dieu: “Pourquoi as-tu détourné de moi Ton Visage, Lumière éternelle? Car voici que d’étranges ténèbres ont envahi mon âme, les ténèbres de satan, le Maudit, et l’ont tout obscurcie.

Oh, qu’il est dur pour l’âme d’être dans ces ténèbres atroces, qui lui font entrevoir les supplices et les ténèbres de l’enfer.

Oriente-moi, ô Sauveur, vers la Lumière de Tes commandements et redresse ma route, je T’en supplie avec instance.

—Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908)

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Saint Jean de Cronstadt Ma vie en Christ Spiritualité de Bellefontaine / spiritualité orientale n° 27.

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J’ai étendu mes mains vers Toi,
mon âme est devant Toi comme une terre sans eau.
Hâte-Toi, Seigneur de m’exaucer, mon esprit défaille.
Ne détourne pas de moi Ta Face,
que je sois semblable à ceux qui descendent dans la fosse.
Fais-moi entendre au matin Ta miséricorde,
parce que j’ai mis en Toi mon espérance.

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Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991) & his wild birds

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ATHENS OF MY HEART

SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991)

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Saint Porphyrios

of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991)

& his wild birds

Saint Porphyrios was born Evangelos Bairaktaris in the village of Aghios Ioannis in the province of Karystia on the Greek island of Euboea (mod. Evia). The youngest of four, he left school after the first grade and worked in the town of Chalkida at a shop to make money for the family. He was a hard and obedient worker, and stayed there for a few years before moving to Piraeus on the mainland (it is Athens’ port) and working in a general store run by a relative.

Although he hardly knew how to read at the time, Elder Porphyrios had a copy of the Life of St John the Hut-Dweller which he read as a boy. St John inspired him. St John the Hut-Dweller was late fifth-century Constantinopolitan saint who secretly took up the monastic life at the famed monastery of the Acoimetae (Unsleeping Ones). After living for some years according to a very strict rule, St John was granted permission by his abbot to go life near his parents so as to cleanse his heart of earthly love for them. He then dwelled in a hut beside his family, identity unknown, for three years. He revealed himself to his mother on his deathbed.

Young Evangelos was inspired by St John the Hut-Dweller’s story and wanted nothing more than to become a monk. He tried to run away to Mt Athos, the Holy Mountain, to become a monk on a few occasions. When he was 12, he succeeded at his goal and entered the life of obedience to two very strict and severe elders. At the age of 14, he became a monk under the name Niketas, and at 16 he took his full vows.

During these early years of the monastic life, Elder Porphyrios was given no praise but many tasks. He spent much time alone on the mountain with no one but the birds. He learned the Psalms and the prayers by heart. And at age 19, he received a gift from the Holy Spirit of clear sight. When this gift came, he saw his elders approaching his position even though they were far away and around a corner. He knew what they were doing. Later in his life, Elder Porphyrios was able to use this gift of sight to counsel and care for the souls of the many people who came to him seeking God’s grace.

The simplicity of Elder Porphyrios’ heart is visible in his recognition of the songs of praise sung by the birds to Almighty God, a realisation he had while living on the Holy Mountain:

“One morning I was walking alone in the virgin forest. Everything, freshened by the morning dew, was shining in the sunlight. I found myself in a gorge. I walked through it and sat on a rock. Cold water was running peacefully beside me and I was saying the [Jesus] prayer. Complete peace. Nothing could be heard. After a while the silence was broken by a sweet, intoxicating voice singing and praising the Creator. I looked. I couldn’t discern anything. Eventually, on a branch opposite me I saw a tiny bird. It was a nightingale. I listened as the nightingale trilled unstintingly, its throat puffed out to bursting in sustained song. The microscopic little bird was stretching back its wings in order to find power to emit those sweetest of tones, and puffing out its throat to produce that exquisite voice. If only I had a cup of water to give it to drink and quench its thirst!

Tears came to my eyes…” (Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love, p. 31).

Elder Porphyrios’ love of the animal world, and of birds in particular, is illustrated by his taming of two wild parrots later in life. He wished also to tame an eagle, but I don’t know if that happened. One of his parrots would say the Jesus Prayer with him.

Ill health forced Elder Porphyrios to leave Mount Athos, and he returned to Evia where we lived at the Monastery of St Charalambos, Levka. In 1926 he was ordained priest and was given the name Porphyrios. He lived at the Monastery of St Charalambos for twelve years as a spiritual guide and confessor, and then three years at the deserted Monastery of St Nicholas in Ano Vatheia.

1940 saw the Second World War and Elder Porphyrios’ move to Athens. He became the chaplain and confessor at the Polyclinic Hospital where he served for many years, leading the liturgy and hearing confessions and ministering to the staff and patients of the hospital, many of whose previous contact with Christianity had been minimal or merely formal.

From 1955 to 1979, he lived at the Monastery of St Nicholas in Kallisia. He was still chaplain at the Polyclinic, but he was now able to also live out his lifelong dream of being a monastic at the same time. In 1979, he moved to Milesi, a village that overlooks Evia, where he lived at first in a caravan and later in a single-cell built of cinder blocks. However, the goal of founding a monastery was realised, and in 1984 he was able to move into one of the rooms of the complex under construction, and in 1990 the foundation stone of the monastic church was laid.

He returned to the Holy Mountain and died at his hermitage in Kavsokalyvia, where he had become a monk so long ago, December 2 1991.

Stories about Elder St Porphyrios abound. One time, a young man on the verge of suicide received a phone call out of the blue, and it was the saint (neither knew each other) who counselled him not to kill himself. This young man was converted, and later met Elder Porphyrios before becoming a priest himself. One young woman had a vision of Elder Porphyrios while she, too, was contemplating suicide. At both these times, Elder Porphyrios had been at prayer when the Lord made the miracle happen.

Elder Porphyrios was a man who could be deeply moved by the words of Scripture:

“One Good Friday we were doing the service. The church was packed with people. I was reading the Gospel, and when I came to the phrase, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, that is, My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? I was unable to finish it. I didn’t read the words ‘why have you forsaken me?‘ I was overcome with emotion. My voice broke. In front of me I saw the whole tragic scene. I saw that face. I heard that voice. I saw Christ so vividly. The people in the church waited. I said nothing. I was unable to continue. I left the Gospel on the reading stand and turned back into the sanctuary. I made the sign of the cross and kissed the Holy Table. I brought to my mind another image, a better one. No, not a better one. There was no more beautiful image than that one, but the image of the Resurrection came to my mind. At once I calmed down. Then I returned to the Holy Doors and said:

‘Excuse me, my children, I got carried away’” –Wounded by Love.

Imagine if more ministers were so drawn into Scripture that their hearts were pierced in the formality of Sunday services!

I have run on long enough. There is much to say. I encourage you to learn the life and teachings of this saint — they are even available in the English book Wounded by Love: The Life and Teachings of Elder Porphyrios.

“Christ beside me” – St Patrick of Ireland (+461)

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IRELAND OF MY HEART

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“Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me. “

— St. Patrick of Ireland

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Άγιοι: Οι Οικογένιά μας

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Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννης Κωστώφ:

Εἶναι πολύ ὡραῖο πρᾶγμα νά γνωρίζης τήν οἰκογένειά σου κι αὐτή νά σέ περιβάλλη μέ ἀγάπη καί νά σέ ἐνισχύη. Ἀπό τήν ἄλλη, εἶναι ὀδυνηρό νά εἶσαι ὀρφανός κι, ἀκόμη χειρότερο, τό νά βρίσκεσαι σέ ἀνάγκη, νά ἔχης συγγενεῖς, ἀλλά νά μήν τό γνωρίζης. Σέ ποιόν ν᾽ ἀπευθυνθῆς τότε; Οἱ Ψευδομάρτυρες τοῦ Ἰεχωβᾶ καί οἱ Προτεστάντες οἰκειοθελῶς ἀρνοῦνται τή βοήθεια τῶν μεγαλυτέρων ἀδελφῶν τους, τῶν Ἁγίων καί μάλιστα διατείνονται ὅτι αὐτό εἶναι καί ἡ θέλησι τοῦ Πατέρα τους, τοῦ Θεοῦ. Στίς ἑπόμενες σελίδες θά δοῦμε ἄν αὐτό εἶναι ἀλήθεια ἤ ἄν ὁ καλός μας Θεός χαίρεται μέ τήν τιμή τήν ὁποία ἐπιδεικνύουμε στούς προγενέστερους ἀδελφούς μας καί τήν προσφυγή μας σ᾽ αὐτούς.

Ὁ καλοπροαίρετος ἀναγνώστης θά διαπιστώση τήν ἀλήθεια τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας καί θά χαρῆ πού θά ἀνταμώνη μέ τούς συγγενεῖς του καί θά ἀπολαμβάνη τά δῶρα τους. Ἡ ἔρευνά μας θά γίνη μέ τή συμβουλή τοῦ Ἁγ. Παϊσίου τοῦ Ἁγιορείτου πού ἔλεγε: «Τίς διάφορες θεωρίες τῶν θεολόγων νά τίς περνᾶτε ἀπό τό πατερικό κόσκινο. Ἐμεῖς πρέπει νά τίς κοσκινίζουμε μέ βάσι τούς Πατέρες καί ὅ,τι εἶναι σκουπίδια ἤ πίτουρα νά τά πετᾶμε».

Στά λίγο προγενέστερα χρόνια θά θυμοῦνται οἱ παλαιότεροι τήν ἐκπομπή τοῦ Ραδιοφώνου Ἀναζητήσεις τοῦ Ἑλληνικοῦ Ἐρυθροῦ Σταυροῦ, μιά γλυκόπικρη ἐκπομπή πού ἔδινε καί ζητοῦσε πληροφορίες γιά ἀγνοουμένους τῆς Μικρασιατικῆς Καταστροφῆς καί τοῦ Ἐμφυλίου Πολέμου.

Τό δικό μας ραδιόφωνο, ὁ Συναξαριστής, δίνει πάντα τίς ζητούμενες πληροφορίες γιά τούς Ἁγίους μας καί μᾶς προτρέπει νά προσφεύγουμε σ᾽ αὐτούς, ἀλλά καί νά τούς μιμούμασθε. Ἄς μήν ξεχνᾶμε ὅτι τό βιβλίο τῶν Πράξεων τῶν Ἀποστόλων, στήν Καινή Διαθήκη, εἶναι ἕνα ἀτελείωτο βιβλίο· σταματᾶ ἀπότομα. Αὐτό δέν εἶναι ἕνα μειονέκτημά του, ὅπως θά θεωροῦσε κάποιος, ἀλλά ἔχει τήν ἑξῆς σημασία: Ἀνά τούς αἰῶνες προστίθενται συνεχῶς καινούργια κεφάλαια: οἱ Πράξεις τῶν Ἁγίων, γιατί ὄχι καί οἱ δικές μας, μιᾶς καί: «τιμή Μάρτυρος (ἀλλά καί κάθε Ἁγίου), μίμησι Μάρτυρος», κατά τό Χρυσόστομο.

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Σταμάτα 2013

Saint Carannog / Carantock, Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England and his tamed dragon (dinosaur), 6th century – May 16

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Saint Carranog

and his tamed dragon (dinosaur)

6th century

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Saint Carannog / Carantock

Irish Missionary of Wales & Cornwall, England (+6th century

May 16

Saint Carantoc was the son of Ceredig, King of Cardigan, but he chose the life of a hermit and lived in a cave above the harbour of the place now called after him, Llangranog, where there is also a holy well, which he probably used. When the people tried to force him to succeed his father, he fled, and founded a religious settlement in Somerset at Carhampton. According to legend, his portable altar was lost as he crossed the Severn Sea and was washed up at the mouth of the little brook Willet near Carhampton. Carantoc went to King Arthur, the leader of the British resistance to the Saxon invaders, to ask his help to recover his altar, and the King asked him in return to tame a dragon that was troubling the neighbourhood.

After Carantoc had prayed to the Lord, the dragon came running to the man of God and humbly bent his head to allow him to put his stole around his neck and to lead him like a lamb, lifting neither wing nor claw against him. After a time the dragon was released and departed having been instructed not to molest the human inhabitants of the land again. This is said to have taken place at Dunster.

Besides Carhampton, Carantoc founded a religious settlement at Crantock across the river Gannel from Newquay, and then, according to Capgrave, was led by his guardian angel to journey to Ireland to assist St.Patrick in the conversion of that island. In Ireland he cured one of his disciples, Tenenan, of his leprosy by giving him a hot bath. His ministry did not end in Ireland for he is honoured in Brittany as the founder saint of Carantec and the neighbouring parish of Tegarantec, which was probably originally Tref Carantoc.

St.Carantoc died in the middle of the sixth century, and Bath Abbey, which held the living of Carhampton, kept his festival on May 16th. The Welsh, Cornish, Irish and Breton calendars commemorate him at this time.

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Llangrannog, Wales

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