Saint Declan Bishop of Ardmore, Ireland (5th ce.) – July 24

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Saint Declan

Bishop of Ardmore, Ireland (5th ce.)

July 24

 

Saint Declan of Ardmore (Irish: Declán mac Eircc, Latin: Declanus, died 5th century), was an early Irish saint of the Déisi Muman, who was remembered for having converted the Déisi in the late 5th century and for having founded the monastery of Ardmore (Ard Mór) in what is now Co. Waterford.

Like Saint Ailbe of Emly, Saint Ciarán of Saigir and Saint Abbán of Moyarney, Saint Declan is presented as a Munster saint who preceded Saint Patrick in bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was regarded as a patron saint of the Déisi of East Munster.

It was through his father that Declán belonged to the royal dynasty of the Déisi Muman. Saint Declan’s mother Dethiden or Dethidin. Saint Declan’s birthplace is said to be Drumroe, near Cappoquin (west Co. Waterford).

Saint Declan first embarks on a journey to Rome, where he studies and is ordained bishop by the Bishop of Rome. At Rome, he meets his fellow countryman St Ailbe of Emly, and on returning to Ireland, he meets St Patrick. St Declan recognises the supreme authority of both saints and with Patrick he comes to an arrangement about the sphere of their mission in Ireland. On St Patrick’s instructions, St Declan founds the monastery of Ardmore (Irish Ard Mór), which lies near the Irish coast, in the southeast of the kingdom of the Déisi Muman, and having obtained Patrick’s blessing, goes on to convert the Déisi to Christianity.

Saint Declan is contemporary of Saint David of Wales in the 6th century. Likewise, the even later saint Ultan of Ardbraccan (d. 655-657) is presented as Declán’s pupil.

The saint later paid a visit to the Déisi of Mide/Meath, where the King of Tara welcomed him and granted him land for the purpose of founding a “monastery of canons”. The monastery founded there became known as Cill Décláin (Kilegland, Ashbourne, Co. Meath).

Saint Declan is one of four Munster saints who they founded monasteries and preached the Gospel in Munster before their younger contemporary St Patrick ever set foot in Ireland. These bishop saints, also included St Ailbe of Emly, St Ciarán of Saigir and St Abbán of Moyarney. The same claim was apparently made for St Íbar of Beggery Island, according to the Life of St Abbán, which identifies him as St Abbán’s uncle and teacher.

According to his Life, St Declan is reposed in the Lord at his monastery in Ardmore and was subsequently buried there. His feast day in the martyrologies is 24 July.

Also, St Declan was responsible for introducing rye (Irish secal, from Latin secale) into Ireland.

The path walked by Declan from Ardmore to Cashel, County Tipperary has been restored as St Declan’s Pilgrim Path.

A round tower still stands at the site of the saint’s monastery at Ardmore as well as earlier ecclesiastical ruins, such as a stone oratory and a small stone church.

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Святой Мэл (St Mel ) Ирландии (умер 6 февраля 488) — христианский миссионер, епископ, один из наиболее почитаемых среди ирландских святых.

Святой Мэл прибыл в Ирландию вместе со святым Патриком, одним из наиболее известных и почитаемых христианских святых, покровителем Ирландии. Мэл приходился Патрику племянником, ибо был сыном его сестры Дарекки. Святой Мэл стал св. Патрику преданным соратником и помощником на пути обращения островитян из язычества в христианство.

В 454 году святой Патрик построил в Лонгфорде церковь Арда (Ardagh), куда лично назначил настоятелем Мэла. Этой церкви святой Мэл посвятил остаток своей жизни и после смерти был погребён возле её стен. Мел жил аскетично, деньги на жизнь и содержание прихода Мэл добывал собственным трудом, отдавая все излишки нуждающимся прихожанам.

Святой Мэл широко известен тем, что именно он принял монашеский обет святой Бригиты и по ошибке рукоположил её в епископы. Когда святой Макайле (англ. Macaille) выразил свой протест произошедшему, то святой Мэл заявил, что рукоположение останется в силе, ибо всё случившееся произошло по воле Божьей.

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San Melis di Ardagh, o anche Mel (Irlanda, … – 6 febbraio 488), fu un sacerdote missionario e vescovo irlandese; è venerato come santo dalla Chiesa.

Fu il fondatore della Diocesi di Ardagh, nella contea di Longford, in Irlanda.

Come molti santi antichi, non si ha una biografia dettagliata. Si pensa sia figlio di Conis e Darerca, sorella di San Patrizio, che accompagnò il fratello in Irlanda per iniziare la sua opera di evangelizzazione. Mel divenne missionario molto giovane e San Patrizio gli affidò una chiesa che costruì ad Ardagh, in seguito Mel vi costruì un monastero. Divenne poi sacerdote e venne consacrato vescovo di Ardagh. Fu anche il vescovo che mise il velo a Santa Brigida. È patrono di Ardagh.

Si dice che fosse molto generoso e dava sempre quanto poteva ai poveri tenendo per sé il minimo indispensabile. Mel viveva con sua zia Lupait, e si diffuse un pettegolezzo secondo il quale ci sarebbe stato un rapporto tra i due, tanto che lo stesso Patrizio si mise ad indagare, ma Mel e sua zia erano molto pii ed entrambi pregarono per ricevere un miracolo: Patrizio andò a parlare con Mel riguardo alla vicenda, Mel stava arando e dal terreno saltò fuori un pesce vivo; mentre Lupait per provare la sua innocenza ha trasportato carbone ardente senza bruciare né lei né i suoi vestiti. Patrizio rimase così soddisfatto e non dubito più di suo nipote.

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

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Glanstobury Abbey, 7th century

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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.

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