Celtic and Old English Saints          19 February

* St. Odran of Ireland

St. Odran, Martyr
Died c. 452. Saint Odran was the chariot-driver for Saint Patrick. He
was assassinated in place of his master because he
changed places with Patrick in the chariot when he knew that an ambush
awaited them (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia).

Troparion of St Odran tone 5
No task was too humble or too dangerous for thee,/ O Martyr Odran,/ for
in thy station as a servant/ thou didst render the ultimate service/
giving thy life for thy master and Ireland's Enlightener./ Pray that we
may have the courage to hold nothing back,/ that at the last Christ our
God will not withhold His mercy from us.

Kontakion of St Odran tone 3
We salute thee, O Martyr Odran,/ ever seeking to follow thee in service
to Christ's holy Church/ and praying for grace to shun the imperfect way
of Ananias and Sophia,/ that we may give all we have in selfless
devotion/ to Him Who holds all creation in His hands.


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

Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, February. (1966).
Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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