Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF


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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania


St Catherine’s Vision

Saint Begnet of Ireland & her Holy Well in Dalkey Island, Ireland (+7th century) – November 12




Saint Begnet of Ireland and her Holy Well

in Dalkey Island, Ireland (7th century)

Feast day: November 12


Saint Begnet (also Begneta, Begnete, Begnait or Becnait) is a patron saint of Dalkey, Ireland. The name Begnet is most likely a diminutive form of Beg or Bec. She is noted as a “virgin, not a martyr”. St Begnet was an Irish princess who lived in the 7th century. Her feast day is November 12. Two ruined churches in Dalkey are named for Begnet, one on Dalkey Island, and the other near the 15th-century stone townhouse now serving as Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, in the area known as Kilbegnet. A holy well located near the martello tower on the island is also associated with her.

St Begnet’s father was Colman, the son of Aedh in the parish of Kilbegnatan (Kilbegnet or Cill Becnait). Like many other female virgin saints, she is described as beautiful and desirable, but she refused her numerous suitors in favor of religious devotion. Her social status is sometimes given as “Irish princess”, and thus she would have been a valuable bride. She is said variously to have lived as an anchorite or to have served as the first abbess of nuns on a small island off the coast of England.

She gave her name to the two churches in the area and Dalkey town and surrounding area was for many centuries known as Kilbegnet. Perhaps she came from Dalkey, or perhaps she sailed from here to pioneer her religious order. It may also be possible the churches were dedicated to her memory by missionaries, spreading the faith after her death.

As a child, St Begnet was visited by an angel who gave her a bracelet inscribed with a cross as a mark of her vocation.

St Begnet grew up to become a beautiful woman and had many suitors. Her parents arranged her marriage to the son of the King of Norway. But still dedicated to the vows she had taken, Begnet had no wish to take a husband. To avoid marriage, she left home, leaving everything but the bracelet given to her by the Angel. She found passage in a small boat and sailed to Northumbria on the West Coast of England. There she was received into the Church by Bishop Aidan and became the first abbess of nuns. Her convent was constantly plundered by pirates, so after several years Begnet moved inland towards Cumberland.

Her bracelet became an object of veneration after her death.


Saint Begnet’s Well


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Dalkey Village, Ireland

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St Begnet’s Church, 9th century


St Begnet’s Church

The 9th century granite church named after the virgin Saint, St Begnet, probably replaced an earlier wooden church dating back to the Early Christian period. The Nave dates to the 10th century and later the Bellcote and Chancel were added in the 13th century. Inside the Nave on the eastern side of the doorway is a Stoup and there is an Ambry built into the southern wall of the chancel. Scattered throughout the graveyard are a number of decorated headstones and on the northern side of the church is a rare Tau Cross.



The ruin of the church of St. Begnet on Dalkey Island, Ireland


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Goat Castle, Dalkey Village, Ireland

Dalkey heritage centre



Rathdown Slab

In the Dalkey heritage centre there is the Rathdown Slab. The slab was found in the graveyard surrounding St Begnet’s Church in 1855. The Rathdown Slabs are usually linked to churches dated to the 11th and 12th century. The first slabs were recorded by Austin Cooper in 1781 and since then the number of viking slabs has risen to around 30. This particular slab is one of the finest examples and standing at about 5 ft tall one of the largest. It is thought the slab may have been decorated originally with viking art such as the cup marks, but that a number of christian symbols such as the large ring with a cross in the centre, may have been added later. Other examples have been recorded at Kilgobbin Church, Rathmichael Church, Whitechurch, Ballyman, Kiltiernan, Tully Church, Killegar and more recently in Dundrum.


St Begnat’s Church of 9th century

in Dalkey Village



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Video: Heilige Ia von Irland und Cornwall (+450) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German



Heilige Ia von Irland und Cornwall (+450)

Video: #1 – Кад је Енглеска била Православна ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ORTHODOX ENGLAND – Serbian



#1 – Кад је Енглеска била Православна

Video: Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh


Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)

Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif)

Saint Indract, St Dominica & their Companions, Martyrs in Shapwick, England, from Ireland (+718) – February 5






Glanstobury Abbey, 7th century

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Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Glastonbury

with Saints Indract & Dominica


Saint Indract, St Dominica & their Companions,

Martyrs in Shapwick, England, from Ireland (+718)

February 5

The Irish Saints at Glastonbury c.700

On this day in the Old English Calendar commemorated SS Indractus, Dominica and their Companions. We have to rely on William of Malmsbury for information about these Martyrs, who were venerated at Glastonbury Abbey. Indractus was an Irish chieftain, who had been to Rome on pilgrimage with his wife, Dominica, and nine others, and on their return journey they decided to visit the “Second Rome”, as Glastonbury was called, because of its holy associations.

There is a tradition that both S. Patrick and S. Bridget spent some time at Glastonbury, and there is a district called Beckery, where Bridget is supposed to have founded a Convent at the foot of Weary-all Hill. It was at Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene there, according to the History of John of Glastonbury, that King Arthur had the vision of the Cross and Our Lady with the Holy Child, which is commemorated in the Arms of the Abbey. Another Irish Saint claimed as a visitor to Glastonbury is Benignus, locally known as S. Bennings, who was servant and successor to S. Patrick. He settled at Meare three miles to the west, where he died, and his body was translated to the Abbey in 901, some four hundred years later.

These Irish connections may well have been an added attraction to Indractus and his fellow pilgrims, who settled in the district of Shapwick. The local people were heathen and thought the party were wealthy merchants, whereas their scrips only contained parsley and other seeds to be taken back to Ireland, and their pilgrim staves were tipped with brass and not gold. When they had killed them, the natives threw their bodies into a deep pit, but a column of light appeared by night revealing the grave of the Christian martyrs. Their bodies were taken up and buried in the Abbey in the eighth century during the restoration under King Ina.




Glastonbury Abbey, England


Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea: An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!






Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea:

An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England


The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!

by Tudor Petcu


Finding the Faith of Joseph of Arimathea: An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings


A Romanian writer, Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, Orthodox theologian, who is the priest of the Holy Life-Giving Cross Orthodox Church in Lancaster, UK, talks about faith and love in Christ.


1.) Before discussing your conversion to Orthodoxy, I would appreciate it a lot if you could talk about your main spiritual experiences and journies untill you have discovered the Orthodox Church.

First of all, we need to be sure of what we mean when we use the term convert or “conversion.” We all need to be converted – both those who come from different traditions and confessions and those from traditionally Orthodox countries who are referred to as “cradle Orthodox”. Christianity is not a Philosophy, it is a relationship with the All Holy Trinity. We are converted to Christ and we are received into the (Orthodox) Church through Baptism and/or Chrismation. Sometimes this happens in the other order of events. Those who are Baptised Orthodox as babies need to employ the gift of the Holy Spirit given to them; those who are called to the Orthodox Christian faith are prompted by the same All Holy Spirit. As Metropolitan Kallistos said

“We Orthodox know where the Holy Spirit is but we cannot say where He is not.”

As scripture says

“the Holy Spirit moves where He wills.”

One has to experience the Orthodox Church either through her Liturgy or through the “living signposts of the faith” whom God sets before us if we are open to the Truth. By “ living signposts” I mean men and women who possess grace and in whom we see the light of Christ. Christianity in the west tends to be analytical and logical, Eastern Christianity is synthetic and mystical and engages the whole of our being.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind with all your strength, with all your heart and with all your soul.

The fact that we do metanoias (reverences or bows) shows that even prayer is a physical as well as a mental process. I have always believed in God, from a little child. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in God. I had the right Christ, I just needed the right Church. Of course all this was a preparation for me to discover or rather recover the Orthodox faith.

2.) How would you characterise your own spiritual road to Orthodoxy? According to this question, would it be correct to say that Orthodoxy is able to heal the wounded souls?

I am like the Prodigal son in the parable who returns to his father. The Orthodox faith according to tradition was brought to Britain by St Joseph of Arimathea. An early Archbishop of Canterbury was Greek- St Theodore of Tarsus. St Constantine the Great was made Augustus Emperor here in York when he was in charge of the sixth Legion. So did not choose to find something “foreign” I returned to the Church which was established here in Britain.

The Orthodox Church is Universal as we proclaim on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Church is the hospital for souls. As Blessed Augustine said

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God”

Restlessness of the spirit is a characteristic of this age. So I have not discovered something new, I have recovered something authentic and original.

3.) Considering all what you have experienced over the years from the spiritual point of view, why is Orthodoxy so precious and meaningful to you?

Well, I believe Orthodoxy is not only original, unchanged and authentic but it is the teaching and preaching of Christ’s Apostles (Kerygma and Paradosi). Tradition is not simply historical, it is vital and dynamic. The Orthodox way fulfils the needs of the whole person and makes the broken person whole. It is precious because it is the

“pearl of great price.”

Once you find it, then you must share this treasure with others and not keep it to yourself.

4.) Do you think that Orthodoxy could be considered a burning bush?

I have a stone from Mount Sinai which contains the image of the bush which Moses saw burning and yet which was not consumed. If you want to forge metal, you must first heat it and out it into the fire and then you can shape it to the tool you require. When we are put into the fire of God, the same happens. It is so God can shape us into the person that He has called us to be. When we are alive in God then we become all flame. We are standing on holy ground, so when we approach God we must do so with awe before the majestic power of God.

5.) Now, I would like you to tell me what does the Orthodox monasticism mean for you and what impressed you most in your monastic pilgrimage, if I can call it like that?

Orthodox Monasteries are “LightHouses” for souls. They are often remote and inaccessible because the quietness for the soul requires asceticism . They are full of angels because the angelic life is lived there. When we say in the Lord’s Prayer

“Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”

then this is what monks are doing. The very walls of the Churches are filled with prayer and so one can feel tangibly the peace of God. It is this peace which passes all understanding that one experiences. Again I say that Orthodoxy is Life in the sense that we experience it, we live it. I have been to many Orthodox Monasteries in Romania. The most memorable moments are when I met Pr Ioanichie Balan in Sihastria Monastery and when I served the Holy Liturgy with Pr. Teofil Paraian( the blind Staretz) at Sambata de Sus. These were moments when the veil between heaven and earth was very thin.

6.) What would be the difference between you as a heterodox and you as an Orthodox?

I am complete. When Our Lord died on the Cross he said in St Johns Gospel

“It is finished”

but this also means

“It is completed”

that is, the work of salvation. In this sense “conversion” is an extension of what I once was. As C. S. Lewis ( much respected by Orthodox) once put it

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

As I have said before, I have always loved God but the depths of Orthodoxy provide me with the resources that nourish my soul.

7.) I remember some words which impressed me much while I was discussing with a Swiss writer converted to Orthodoxy. He was saying that he was born to hate but through Orthodoxy reborn to love. How would you characterise these words as a convert to Orthodoxy?

We were all born to love. Christ summarised the Commandments as Loving God and Loving your neighbour. Orthodox Christianity can be summarised in these words. But love is a verb… we must put into action those things which we believe. I am sure the prisons in Romania are full of criminals who would call themselves Orthodox and who have been baptised as such, but sin found a place in their hearts. Glory to God he is merciful and loves mankind! And so we must live out our life in peace and repentance. Being Romanian does not make you Orthodox anymore than being Greek, Russian, Serb or British. There was no ethnic identity in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve’s transgressions. May the love of God embrace us all.


This interview is one of many that will be published in the book “The rediscovery of Orthodox heritage of the West” by Tudor Petcu, containing interviews with different Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. It will be published in two volumes and the first one will appear by the end of this year.

Sainte Ia d’Irlande et de Cornouailles, Angleterre (+450) – 3 février ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French





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Sainte Ia d’Irlande et de Cornouailles, Angleterre (+450)

3 février

Sainte Ia (+450), ou Hia ou Ives, d’Irlande et de Cornouailles, était une sainte et martyre bretonne de la fin du 5e siècle en Cornouailles britannique, célébrée le 3 février.

Sainte Ia aurait été une princesse irlandaise, sœur de saint Erc. Disciple de saint Baricus, elle vint en missionnaire en Cornouailles rejoindre les saints Fingar et Piala.

D’après la biographie, elle aurait eu 777 compagnons et aurait traversé la mer d’Irlande sur une feuille de chou.

Sainte Ia fut martyrisée sur la rivière Hayle et enterrée à St Ives. Une église, qui lui est dédiée, a été construite sur sa tombe. Puis la ville s’est formée autour.

Source: Wikipedia





St. Ives, Cornouailles, Angleterre




Святая Ия (St Ia) Корневилльская Из Ирландии (+450) — Принцесса, христианская мученица – 3 февраля ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian






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Святая Ия (St Ia) Корневилльская Из Ирландии (+450)

Святая Ия Корневилльская Из Ирландии (V век) — принцесса, христианская мученица. Память 3 февраля.

Святая Ия Корневилльская (валл.: Ia), известная также как Хия (лат. Hia), или Эйа (Eia), или Ив (англ. Ives), была просветительницей Корнуолла, по преданию была ирландской принцессой, сестрой св. Эрка (Erc), Юни (Euny) и Анты (Anta). Она была обращена в Христову веру св. Патриком Старшим и решила отправиться с просветительской миссией в Корнуолл, вместе со свв. Фингаром (Fingar) и Фиалой (Piala).

Предание гласит, что они уплыли без неё. Оставшись на берегу и горько рыдая, она вознесла свою молитву ко Господу. Внезапно её внимание привлёк плававший перед нею маленький листик плюща. Она коснулась его посохом, намереваясь потопить, но количество листьев стало приумножаться, и они образовали плот, на котором она и переправилась через Ирландское море, прибыв в Пенвис (англ.) (Penwith), что в Корнуолле, даже раньше тех, кто оставил её на берегу.

Там она стала духовной ученицей св. Бервина (Berwyn), иначе Барика (Baricus, Barric), и вскоре она объединила свои усилия со св. Элвином (Elwyn) и его 777 соработниками.

Она основала храм в Пен Динас (англ.) (Pen Dinas), и её святой источник Вентон Эйа (Venton Eia), иначе Ффинан Ия (Ffynnon Ia) был неподалёку от Портмеора (Porthmeor). Она также построила часовню в Труне (Troon), что в приходе Кэмборн (англ.) (Camborne) неподалёку от другого источника, называемого Фентон Иар (Fenton Ear), или Ффинон Иа (Ffynnon Ia). Вероятно, она бывала и в Бретани, где Плуйе (англ.) (Plouyé) неподалёку от Карэ-Плуже (Carhaix) назван в честь неё.

Присутствие Ии не всем было по душе в тех краях — она была умучена на реке Хейл (англ.) (Hayle) и похоронена в местечке, называемом нынче Сент-Айвс (St Ives), что в Корнуолле, покровительницей которого она почитается. Над её могилой там была воздвигнута церковь, освящённая в её честь.

Святую Ию изображают одетой в белую шерсть, как ирландскую игумению, иногда с белой вуалью, иногда в короне и держащей листья.

Источник: Wikipedia





Сент-Айвс (St Ives), Корнуолле




בלדכילדיס הקדושה ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Eastern Orthodox Christian Church: The Life of Saint Bathildis in Hebrew language






(+680) St Bathlildis בלדכילדיס הקדושה

בינואר 30

(Saint Bathlildis) בלדכילדיס הקדושה

בלדכילדיס או בלדתילד (Baldechildis וגם Balthild‏, Bathilda‏, Baudour או Bauthieult;‏ נולדה ב-626 לערך – נפטרה ב-30 בינואר 680) הייתה אשתו של כלוביס השני מלך נויסטריה ובורגונדיה.

שתי המסורות מציגות אותה כבת העלית האנגלו סקסית, ייתכן שהייתה קרובת משפחה של ריקברט, מלך ממלכת מזרח אנגליה, המלך הפגאני האחרון שם. אחרי שריקברט הודח מכס השלטון על ידי סיגיברט נמכרה בלדכילדיס לעבדות. היא הגיעה, עדיין כנערה צעירה, למשק הבית של ארכינולד (Erkinoald), שהיה המיורדומוס בנויסטריה, תחת כלוביס השני.

על פי ה-Vita Sanctae Bathildis, בלדכילדיס הייתה נערה יפה, חכמה, צנועה וקשובה לצרכיהם של אחרים. ארכינולד, שאשתו נפטרה, נמשך לשפחה ורצה להנשא לה. בלדכילדיס שלא רצתה להינשא לו התחבאה עד שהוא נישא בשנית. בשלב זה הבחין בה המלך כלוביס עצמו וביקש את ידה בשנת 649. על פי המסופר הייתה בת 19 בהינשאה לכלוביס והוא עצמו היה, לפי הגרסאות השונות, בין גיל 12 ל-16.

לפי המקורות, גם כמלכה נשארה צנועה וחסודה והתפרסמה בזכות תרומותיה הנדיבות ומעשי הצדקה שלה. בין תרומותיה היו מנזר קורבי (וכן מענק קיום שנתי עבורו מתוך המסים שנאספו בעיר פוס) ומנזר של (Chelles). היא תמכה גם בקדוש קלאודיוס ובמנזר שלו.

נולדו לה שלושה בנים שהפכו למלכים: כילדריך, כלותאר ותאודריק.

לאחר שנפטר בעלה, ככל הנראה בין השנים 655 ל-658 (התאריך המדויק אינו ידוע) ירש אותו בנה בן ה-5, כלותאר השלישי והיא הפכה לעוצרת בשמו עד הגיעו לגיל בגרות בשנת 664. כמלכה הייתה מדינאית מיומנת, ביטלה את המנהג של מסחר בעבדים נוצרים ואף ביקשה את שחרורם של ילדים שנמכרו לעבדות. על פי הסיפור, כאשר שלושת בניה הגיעו לגיל מתאים וקיבלו כל אחד נחלה (כלותאר בנויסטריה, כילדריק באוסטרזיה ותיאודוריך כנראה בבורגונדי) ויתרה בלדכילדיס על סמכויות השלטון ועל תוארה והצטרפה (או אולצה להצטרף) למנזר. את שארית חייה הקדישה כדי לשרת את העניים וחולים.

בלדכילדיס נקברה במנזר אותו הקימה, מנזר של מחוץ לפריז. הגיוגרפיה עליה (Vita Baldechildis) נכתבה זמן קצר לאחר מותה, כנראה בקהילת של. בדומה להגוגיורפיות אחרות על קדושים מהשושלת המרובינגית, גם הגיוגרפיה זו מספקת מספר עובדות היסטוריות. פולחן קדושים שלה החל בשנת 833 כאשר שרידיה הועברו מהמנזר הישן לכנסייה חדשה שנבנתה. בלדכילדיס הוכרזה כקדושה כ-200 שנה אחרי מותה על ידי האפיפיור ניקולאס הראשון.

בחקר היסטורי, למרות שההגיוגרפיה שלה מדגישה את צניעותה כשפחה, בהקשר של תרבות המאה השביעית נראה כי בלדכילדיס הייתה פילגש שהעניק ארכינולד כמתנה לכלוביס.




בלדכילדיס הקדושה







Saint Bathildis, Queen of France & Nun of Chelles in France, from England (+680) – January 30






Saint Bathildis,

Queen of France & Nun of Chelles in France, from England (+680)

January 30

Saint Balthild of Ascania (Old English: Bealdhild, ‘bold sword’ or ‘bold spear; around 626 – January 30, 680), also called Bathilda, Baudour, or Bauthieult, was the wife and queen of Clovis II, the king of Burgundy and Neustria (639–658).

Saint Balthild was sold into slavery as a young girl and served in the household of Erchinoald, the mayor of the palace of Neustria to Clovis.

Saint Balthild was born circa 626–627. She was beautiful, intelligent, modest and attentive to the needs of others. Erchinoald, whose wife had died, was attracted to Balthild and wanted to marry her, but she did not want to marry him. She hid herself away and waited until Erchinoald had remarried. Later, possibly because of Erchinoald, Clovis noticed her and asked for her hand in marriage.

Even as queen, Saint Balthild remained humble and modest. She is famous for her charitable service and generous donations. From her donations, the abbeys of Corbie and Chelles were founded: it is likely that others such as Jumièges, Jouarre and Luxeuil were also founded by the queen. She provided support for Saint Claudius of Besançon and his abbey in the Jura Mountains.

Saint Balthild bore Clovis three children, all of whom became kings: Clotaire, Childeric and Theuderic.

When Clovis died (between 655 and 658), his eldest son Clotaire succeeded to the throne, aged five. His mother St Balthild acted as the queen regent. As queen, she was a capable stateswoman. She abolished the practice of trading Christian slaves and strove to free children who had been sold into slavery. This claim is corroborated by Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, who mentions that St Balthild and Saint Eloi (who was also known as Eligius, according to Dado) “worked together on their favorite charity, the buying and freeing of slaves”. After her three sons reached adulthood and had become established in their respective territories (Clotaire in Neustria, Childeric in Austrasia, and Theuderic in Burgundy), St Balthild withdrew to her favourite Abbey of Chelles near Paris.

Saint Balthild died on January 30, 680, and was buried at the Abbey of Chelles, east of Paris. Saint Balthild was canonised by Pope Nicholas I, around 200 years after her death.




St Bathildis






Saints of France


St Balthidis

Saint Wendreda, Hermitess of March, Cambridgeshire, England (+7th century) – January 22



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Saint Wendreda, Hermitess of March,

Cambridgeshire, England (+7th century)

January 22



St. Wendreda was the daughter of seventh-century King Anna, one of the earliest Christian kings. At a time when Christianity was putting down roots among the Anglo-Saxon peoples of England, St. Wendreda and her sisters, Etheldred and Sexburga, were enthusiastic missionaries spreading the Gospel of Christ.

Shunning the life of a princess, Wendreda dedicated herself to healing. She eventually settled in a small settlement called Mercheford, where some humble fisherman resided. Her sister, Etheldred, went on to found the monastery at Elyl, while her other sibling, Sexburga, became abbess of a monastery in Minster.

Later, Wendreda founded a community at March, Cambridgeshire, dedicated to healing. She passed peacefully into the heavenly kingdom, and her relics, enshrined in gold, were buried in the Ely Cathedral.

However, in 1016, the relics were carried off in battle in the hopes they would bring victory. At the Battle of Ashingdon, the conquering Danish king, a pagan, seized the relics, but soon was converted to Christianity. He took the relics to the Canterbury Cathedral where they rested for the next 300 years.


St Wendreda


Saint Deicola (St Deicolus), the founder and Abbot of a Monastery in Lure, France – Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of France, from Ireland (+625) – January 18




Saint Deicola / Deicolus


Holy Relics of St Deicola


St Deicola’s Holy Well


Saint Deicola (St Deicolus),

the founder and Abbot of a Monastery in Lure, France

 & Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of France, from Ireland (+625)

Patron Saint of children & animals

January 18

Saint Deicola (Déicole, Dichuil, Deel, Deicolus, Deicuil, Delle, Desle, Dichul, Dicuil) (c. 530 – January 18, 625) is an Orthodox Western saint. He was an elder brother of Saint Gall. Born in Leinster, Deicolus studied at Bangor.

He was selected to be one of the twelve followers to accompany St. Columbanus on his missionary journey. After a short stay in Great Britain in 576 he journeyed to Gaul and laboured with St. Columbanus in Austrasia and Burgundy.

When St. Columbanus was expelled by Theuderic II, in 610, St. Deicolus, then eighty years of age, determined to follow his master, but was forced, after a short time, to give up the journey, and established an hermitage at a nearby church dedicated to St Martin in a place called Lutre, or Lure, in the Diocese of Besançon, to which he had been directed by a swineherd.

Until his death, he became the apostle of this district, where he was given a church and a tract of land by Berthelde, widow of Weifar, the lord of Lure. Soon a noble abbey was erected for his many disciples, and the Rule of St. Columbanus was adopted. Numerous miracles are recorded of St. Deicolus, including the suspension of his cloak on a sunbeam and the taming of wild beasts.

Clothaire II, King of Burgundy, recognised the virtues of the saint and considerably enriched the Abbey of Lure, also granting St. Deicolus the manor, woods, fisheries, etc., of the town which had grown around the monastery. Feeling his end approaching, St. Deicolus gave over the government of his abbey to Columbanus, one of his young monks, and retreated to a little oratory where he died on 18 January, about 625.

His feast is celebrated on 18 January. So revered was his memory that his name (Dichuil), under the slightly disguised form of Deel and Deela, is still borne by most of the children of the Lure district. His Acts were written by a monk of his own monastery in the tenth century.

St. Deicolus is the Patron Saint of children and he cures childhood illnesses. Also, he is Patron Saint of animals.


Wikipedia &

Orthodox Heart Sites

Saint Mildgyth (St Mildgytha), Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet Abbey, England (+676) – January 17






Saint Mildgyth / Mildgytha,

Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet Abbey, England (+676)

January 17

Saint Mildgyth (or Mildgytha) (Old English: Mildgȳð) (died 676) was the youngest daughter of Merewalh, king of Mercia and Saint Eormenburh. She was the youngest sister of Saint Mildburh of Wenlock and Saint Mildrith.[2] The three sisters have been likened to the three theological virtues: Mildburh to faith, Mildgyth to hope, and Mildrith to charity.

She was a Benedictine nun and later abbess of a Northumbrian convent. All that is known of St Mildgytha was that she was a nun and that “miraculous powers were often exhibited” at her tomb in Northumbria.[4] She seems to have died long before her sisters, while still quite young, which may account for so little mention being made of her.

Her feast day is 17 January.

Source: Wikipedia &

Orthodox Heart Sites


Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) – 29 Ebrill ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh


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Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)


Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)

Cymru a Chernyw  (+6ed ganrif)

29 Ebrill

Roedd Santes Dilig (hefyd Cenheidlo; ganwyd 470 AD) yn ferch i’r Brenin Brychan sefydlydd teyrnas Brycheiniog (yn ne-ddwyrain canolbarth Cymru) yn ôl traddodiad. Fel sant, dethlir dydd ei gŵyl ar 29 Ebrill. Dywedir iddi deithio gyda rhai o’i brodyr a’i chwiorydd i Gernyw lle truliodd y rhan fwyaf o’i hoes. Yr enw Lladin arni yw Endelienta. Dywed traddodiad ei bod yn perthyn i’r Brenin Arthur.

Roedd Brychan yn dad i bedwar ar hugain o blant yn ôl traddodiad. Tyfai’r rhan fwyaf ohonyn nhw i fyny i fod yn seintiau gan sefydlu eglwysi ledled y wlad. Cyfeirir at deulu (“llwyth”) Brychan yn y Trioedd fel un o “dri llwyth seintiau Cymru” (ynghyd â theuluoedd Caw a Chunedda).


Wikipedia &

Orthodox Heart Sites


Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)



Pentref St Endellion


Pentref St Edellion,Cernyw


Ynys Lundy, Cernyw

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Ynys Lundy











Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta) из Уэльс & Корнуолл, Англия (+6-го века) – 29 апреля ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian


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Св. Энделиент (St Endelienta)


Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta)

из Уэльс & Корнуолл, Англия (+6-го века)

29 апреля

Святая Энделиента (Endelienta, Endelient, Edellienta) или Энделлион (Endellion) (VI) — дева, затворница, дочь святого Брихана из Брекнока, память 29 апреля.

Св. Энделиента принесла Христову веру в село Сент-Энделлион в Корнуолле, называемое ныне в её честь. Два старинных источника неподалёку от села носят её имя.

Иногда говорят, что в валлийских записях она именуется Кинхейдон (Cynheiddon), или Кенхейдлон (Cenheidlon), в то время как Энделиента — не что иное как латинизация этого имени.


Wikipedia &

Orthodox Heart Sites


Святая Энделиент (St Endelienta)



Церковь Святого Энделиент

в городке St Endellion, Корнуолл, Англия, сегодня



Ланди (Lundy) острова, Корнуолл, Англия

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Церковь Святого Энделиент в острове Ланди, сегодня













Saint Endelienta, Hermit-Martyr of Lundy Island & Cornwall, England (+6th ce.) – April 29





Saint Endelienta


Saint Endelienta,

Hermit-Martyr of Lundy Island & Cornwall, England

(+6th ce.) – April 29

Saint Endelienta (also Endelient, Edellienta or Endellion) was a Cornish saint of the 5th and 6th century. She is a daughter of the Welsh King Brychan, and a native of South Wales who travelled to North Cornwall to join her siblings in converting the locals to Christianity. She was a goddaughter of King Arthur, and that she lived as a hermit at Trentinney where she subsisted on the milk of a cow. The saint is commemorated in the church and village of St Endellion which bear her name; Endellion being an Anglicised version of her name. Her feast day is 29 April.

She a daughter of King Brychan, of Brycheiniog in South Wales. The village of Saint Endellion in Cornwall, named after her, is from where she is said to have evangelized the local population. Two former wells near the village were named after her.

She is called “Cenheidlon” in Welsh records, with Endelienta being a Latinised form of the name. Her feast day is 29 April. Saint Endelienta was a native of South Wales who crossed the Bristol Channel to join her siblings in converting the people of North Cornwall to Christianity. During her journey, she initially landed on the island of Lundy, where she is believed to have founded a small chapel. She subsequently moved on to the mainland where she stayed with her brother, Saint Nectan, at Hartland, before eventually choosing to settle at Trentinney, south-west of the present day village of St Endellion, although she would return to Lundy from time to time on retreat for prayer.

Saint Endelienta lived at Trentinney as a hermit. She subsisted solely on the milk of a cow, and the water from two nearby wells. Her sister, St Dilic (whose church is at Landulph), settled nearby and the two would often meet along a certain path whose grass would ever afterwards grow greener than elsewhere.

The cow was killed by the Lord of Trentinney after straying onto his land. He in turn is said to have been killed by Endelienta’s Godfather, reputed to be King Arthur, after Arthur was angered by the deed and sent his men to exact revenge. However, Endelienta was said to be unhappy that Trentinney had been killed in her name, and restored the nobleman back to life.

Following a vision of her death, the saint is said to have asked that upon her death, her body should be placed on a sledge or cart drawn by bullocks, and that she should be buried at the place where they stopped. She is thought to have died on 29 April some time in the 6th century, and possibly at the hands of Saxon pirates. She was buried at the top of a hill, and a church built over her grave. The present church at St Endellion stands on that site.

A chapel dedicated to Saint Endelienta survived on the site of her hermitage at Trenteney.

Saint Endelianta is a Patron Saint of animals.


Wikipedia &

Orthodox Heart Sites


St Endelienta



The Church of Saint Endelienta

in the village St Endellion, Cornwall, England, today


Village St Edellion, Cornwall, England


Lundy Island, Cornwall, England

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St Endelienta’s Church in Lundy Island, today



Lundy Island












Saint Ursula & her 10 Maidens, Martha, Sauli, Brictola, Saturnina, Sabbatia, Sentia, Palladia, Saturia & Pinnoza who martyred in Cologne, Germany, from Great Britain (+383) – October 21






Saint Ursula

& her 10 Maidens, Martha, Sauli,

Brictola, Saturnina, Sabbatia, Sentia, Palladia, Saturia

& Pinnoza who martyred in Cologne, Germany, 

from Great Britain (+383)

October 21

Saint Ursula (Latin for “little female bear”) is a Romano-British Christian saint. Her feast day  is October 21.

She was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica, along with 10 virginal handmaidens.

After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope Cyriacus, and Sulpicius Bishop of Ravenna, to join them.

After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by the pagans, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The pagan leader shot (with a bow and arrow) Ursula dead, in about 383.

Source: Wikipedia
















Saint Benedict the Bishop, founder of Wearthmouth-Jarrow Priory, England (+690) – January 12



Cornwall, England






Saint Benedict the Bishop,

founder of Wearthmouth-Jarrow Priory, England (+690)

January 12

Benedict Biscop (c. 628 – 690), also known as Biscop Baducing, was an Anglo-Saxon abbot and founder of Wearmouth-Jarrow Priory (where he also founded the famous library) and was considered a saint after his death.

Benedict was born of a noble Northumbrian family and was for a time a thegn of King Oswiu. At the age of 25 Benedict made the first of five trips to Rome, accompanying his friend Saint Wilfrid the Elder. However Wilfrid was detained in Lyon en route. Benedict completed the journey on his own and, when he returned to England, he was “full of fervour and enthusiasm… for the good of the Church”.

Benedict made a second journey to Rome twelve years later, this time accompanied by Alchfrith of Deira, a son of King Oswiu. On this trip he met Acca and Wilfrid. On his return journey to England Benedict stopped at Lérins, a monastic island off the Mediterranean coast of Provence. During his two-year stay there, from 665 to 667, he underwent a course of instruction, taking monastic vows and the name of “Benedict”.

Following the two years in Lérins Benedict made his third trip to Rome. At this time he was commissioned by the pope to accompany Archbishop Theodore of Tarsus back to Canterbury in 669. On their return Benedict was appointed abbot of SS. Peter and Paul’s, Canterbury, by Archbishop Theodore, a role he held for two years.[5]

Benedict Biscop, the Bibliophile, assembled a library from his travels. His second trip to Rome had been a book buying trip. Overall, the collection had an estimated 250 titles of mostly service books. The library included scripture, classical, and secular works.

Ecgfrith of Northumbria granted Benedict land in 674 for the purpose of building a monastery. He went to the Continent to bring back masons who could build a monastery in the Pre-Romanesque style. Benedict made his fifth and final trip to Rome in 679 to bring back books for a library, saintly relics, stonemasons, glaziers, and a grant from Pope Agatho granting his monastery certain privileges. Benedict made five overseas voyages in all to stock the library.

In 682 Benedict appointed Eosterwine as his coadjutor and the King was so delighted at the success of St Peter’s, he gave him more land in Jarrow and urged him to build a second monastery. Benedict erected a sister foundation (St Paul) at Jarrow. He appointed Ceolfrid as the superior, who left Wearmouth with 20 monks to start the foundation in Jarrow. Bede, one of Benedict’s pupils, tells us that he brought builders and glass-workers from Francia to erect the buildings in stone.

Benedict’s idea was to build a model monastery for England, sharing his knowledge of the experience of the Church in Europe. It was the first ecclesiastical building in Britain to be built in stone, and the use of glass was a novelty for many in 7th-century England. It eventually possessed what was a large library for the time – several hundred volumes – and it was here that Benedict’s student Bede wrote his famous works. The library became world-famous and manuscripts that had been copied there became prized possessions throughout Europe, including especially the Codex Amiatinus, the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate version.

For the last three years of his life Benedict was bed-ridden. He suffered his affliction with great patience and faith. He died on 12 January 690.

Ηis feast day on 12 January.


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Saint Elian (Eilian / Llanelian), missionary in Cornwall, England & hermit in Llanelian, Wales, from Rome (+6th century) – January 12 & 13



Anglesey, Wales




Saint Elian (Eilian / Llanelian),

missionary in Cornwall, England & hermit in Llanelian, Wales,

from Rome (+6th century)

January 12 & 13

Saint Elian was founded a church in North Wales around the year 450. The Parish of Llanelian is named after him. The Legend of St. Elian says he was related to Saint Ismael Bishop of Rhos in Wales and labored in the missions of Cornwall, England. His feast day is 13 January.

Tradition holds that he came by sea from Rome and landed in Anglesey at Porth yr Yehen, where he built his church.

Saint Elian forbade the keeping of greyhounds after one killed or disturbed a doe in his care.

Source: Wikipedia



Llaneilian, Wales


St Elian’s Church in Llaneilian, Wales

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The Font and door to the 12th century tower

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St Elian’s Church, wooden portable Altar

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St Elian’s Cross


St Elian’s Well