Celtic and Old English Saints          2 January

* St. Munchin of Limerick
* St. Seiriol
* Lichfield Martyrs

St. Munchin of Limerick, Bishop
(also known as Maincin, Manchen, Luimnich)

7th century (or earlier). Munchin is venerated as the patron of
Limerick, Ireland, because it grew up around his foundation at Innis
Ibhton on the Shannon, and derived its name Luimnich from him. In three
early martyrologies, he is called "the Wise" and "Maincin" (Little
Monk). While little is certain about his life, he is believed to have
belonged to the clan of the Dal Cais, who lived near the west coast of
County Clare (Ennistimon area). A ruling prince gave him the island of
Limerick, possibly in exchange for his claim to supremacy of his own
people. He is believed to have established the school at Mungret.
Tradition also has him the first bishop of Limerick, though scholars
doubt whether he was a bishop (Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer, Montague).

St. Seiriol
6th century. A Welsh saint whose memory is perpetuated by the name of
the island of Ynys-Seiriol (Benedictines).

Troparion of St Seiriol tone 4
We hymn thee, O Father Seiriol,/ for thou didst turn the Welsh
wilderness into a fertile vineyard for the Lord./ By this our
intercession, O Saint,/ we implore thee to pray to Christ our God/ that
our labours may be blessed and our souls may be saved.

Lichfield Martyrs
Died 304. Many Christians (possibly about 1000) suffered at Lichfield
(Lyke-field, the field of dead bodies) in England during the persecution
of Diocletian (Gill).


Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
(1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

Delaney, J. J. (1983). Pocket Dictionary of Saints.
New York: Doubleday Image.

Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gill, F. C. (1958). The Glorious Company: Lives of Great
Christians for Daily Devotion,. London: Epworth Press.

Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
Guildford: Billing & Sons.

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