Celtic and Old English Saints          11 August

* St. Blane of Bute
* St. Attracta of Drum
* St. Lelia of Limerick
* St. Digna of Northumbria

St. Blane of Scotland (of Kinngaradha) Bishop
(Blaan, Blain)
Late 6th century; second feast on July 19; feast day celebrated on
August 10 in some places. Saint Blane, a disciple of Saint Comgall
(f.d. May 11) and Saint Canice (f.d. October 11), was nobly born on Bute
Island, Scotland. He returned home to finish his education under his
uncle Bishop Saint Cathan (f.d. May 17), was ordained to the priesthood,
founded a monastery at Kingarth (Bute), and evangelized among the Picts.
He made a pilgrimage to Rome. Later in Scotland, Blane became bishop,
probably at Dunblane, where he is buried and his bell is preserved. This
became the site of Dunblane cathedral. Several hymns, a catechism, and
other extant works are attributed to him, and several places bear his
name on Bute and other parts of Scotland (Attwater, Benedictines,
Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Husenbeth, Montague).

Troparion of St Blane tone 5
Drifting over the sea in a boat without oars/ thou wast directed by God
to the Island of Bute, O Hierarch Blane,/ where thou didst devote
thyself to apostolic labours./ O worker of miracles,/ thou art worthy to
be praised as Equal to the Apostles./ Wherefore we beseech thee pray to
Christ our God/ that He will raise up labourers to re-cultivate that
northern part of His
Vineyard,/ so long overgrown with the darnel of heresy and apostasy,/
which thou didst once tend with such care,/ that again many may be lead
into the way of salvation.

St. Attracta, Abbess of Drum (of Achonry)
(Adhracht, Araght, Athracht)
5th century. Saint Attracta seems to have been a contemporary of Saint
Patrick (f.d. March 17), although she may have lived a century later.
Tradition tells us that she was born into a noble Irish family. When
she was refused permission to enter the convent, she fled to Saint
Patrick and received the veil from him at Coolavin. She was definitely
a hermit at Killaraght on Lough Gara in Sligo, and later at Drum near
Boyle. Convents developed at both locations under her direction. The
she founded for travellers at Killaraght endured for a thousand years
and was well reputed for its hospitality and charity to the poor. Saint
Attracta is venerated throughout Ireland, but especially in the west,
both for the lasting foundations she made and for the spectacular
miracles attributed to her intercession, especially those of healing.
She is the patroness of the Diocese of Achonry and her name is popular
among Irish girls. (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Montague).

St. Lelia of Limerick, Virgin
Date unknown. Saint Lelia was a very early Irish virgin, who is
connected with the dioceses of Limerick and Kerry. Several places in
Ireland commemorate her name (Benedictines).

St. Digna, Woman-Solitary in Northumbria (+4th c.)


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Delaney, J. J. (ed). (1978). Saints for All Seasons.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

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

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

Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler's
Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
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Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
Guildford: Billing & Sons.

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