Celtic and Old English Saints          7 January

* St. Brannock of Braunton
* St. Kentigerna of Loch Lomond
* St. Cronan Beg of County Down

St. Brannock (Barnoc, Brannoc), Abbot
6th century. Saint Brannock appears to have migrated from southern Wales
into Devon, and to have founded a monastery at Braunton, near Barnstaple
in Devonshire, where William Worcestre and Leland say he was buried. The
traditions concerning him are sometimes uncertain. Some hagiographers
identify him as the 6th-century Welsh missionary Saint Brynach (Bernach
or Bernacus). Because there are two separate feasts at Exeter on April
and January 7 for the respective saints, it is unlikely that they are
the same person (Benedictines, Farmer).

Troparion of St Brannock of Braunton tone 1
Righteous tutor of the children of Brychan, The Great Wonderworker. O
wise Father Brannock,/ thou didst win many souls for Christ by thy
tireless endeavours./ In Devon's Braunton Church are your concealed
precious relics./ Pray that we, being ever mindful of our Orthodox
heritage,/ may never deviate from the true faith,/ thereby, receive the,
reward of the blest.

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St. Kentigerna of Loch Lomond, Widow
(also known as Caentigern, Quentigerna)
Died on Inch Cailleach, Scotland, c. 733-734. Kentigerna was the mother
of Saint Fillan and the daughter of Kelly (Cellach), prince of Leinster.
She married a neighbouring prince, who was the father of Fillan. After
her husband's death, she left Ireland with her missionary brother Saint
Comghan and her son to lead the life of a recluse on the island of Inch
Cailleach (or Inchebroida, according to some), in Loch Lomond, Scotland,
where a church is dedicated in her name. Kentigerna is listed in the
Aberdeen Breviary (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Montague).

St. Cronan Beg, Bishop
7th century. A bishop of ancient Aendrum, County Down, mentioned in
connection with the paschal controversy in 640 (Benedictines).

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