Celtic and Old English Saints          3 September

* St. MacNisse of Connor
* St. Balin of Techsaxon
* St. Cuthburga of Wimborne
* St. Quenburga of Wimborne
* St. Hereswitha of Chelles
* St. Edward of England
* St. Gregory the Great (see #2)

St. MacNisse, Bishop of Connor, Dalriada
(Macnisius, Aengus McNisse. Macanisius)

Died 506-514. Saint MacNisse, a disciple of Saint Olean (Bolcan?), was
said to have been baptized as an infant by Saint Patrick. After MacNisse
made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome, Patrick consecrated him the
first abbot-bishop of Kells, which became the diocese of Connor,
Ireland. His life is filled with miracles, such as changing the course
of a river for the convenience of his monks and rescuing a child about
to be executed for his father's crime by causing him to be carried by
the wind from the executioners to his arms. Various ancient lists record
different dates for his death (Benedictines, Delaney, Husenbeth,

Troparion of St MacNis tone 8
Having learned thy faith from Ireland Enlightener, O holy MacNis,/ thou
didst found a shining beacon of the True Faith, the Monastery of Kells,/
from which was bequeathed to Christ's church a treasure of piety and
wonder, which is with us to this day./ Inspired by thine example, O
Saint, we beseech thee to intercede with Christ our God/ that we may be
given grace to
follow thee in the way of salvation.

St. Balin (Ballon, Balanus) of Techsaxon
7th century. Handsome, well-loved Saint Balin was the brother of Saint
Gerald, one of four sons of an Anglo-Saxon king. The four accompanied
Saint Colman of Lindisfarne to Iona, then retired to Connaught, where
they settled at Tecsaxono (the house of Saxons) in the diocese of Tuam
(Benedictines, Encyclopedia).

St. Cuthburga of Wimborne, Widow and Abbess
Died c. 725; feast day also on August 31. Saint Cuthburga, sister to
Saint Quenburga and King Ina of Wessex, married the learned and pious
King Aldfrid of Northumbria in 688. After bearing him two sons, Aldfrid
gave Cuthburga permission to enter religious life. She became a nun at
Barking monastery under the direction of Saint Hildelith, and then in
705 with her sister Saint Quenburga, she founded the double monastery at
Wimborne in Dorset and governed it as abbess. The convent was strictly
cloistered. Saint Lioba, who was formed by Cuthburga, reports that even
prelates were forbidden to enter the nuns' quarters; Cuthburga would
communicate with them through a little hatch. Hagiographers describe
Cuthburga as austere with herself, kind to others, and steadfast in
prayer and fasting. This convent produced the band of missionary nuns
who helped evangelize Germany (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).

St. Quenburga (Coenburga) of Wimborne
Died c. 735. Saint Quenburga, Saint Cuthburga, and the future King Ina
of Wessex were the children of Cenred, a lord of Wessex. The two sisters
founded Wimborne Abbey in Dorset about 705. Although it was a double
(and possibly, triple) abbey, it was intended primarily for nuns.
Cuthburga was its first abbess. Wimborne was important for having
produced Saints Lioba and Thecla, who were among the many religious who
assisted Saint Boniface in his efforts to evangelize Germany (Farmer).

St. Hereswitha of Chelles, Widow
Died c. 690. Princess Hereswitha of Northumbria was the sister of Saint
Hilda and mother of Saints Sexburga, Ethelburga, and Withburga. She
spent her golden years as a nun in Chelles convent in France

Translation of the Relics of St. Edward, King of England and Martyr,
to the Church of Saint Edward at Brookwood, Near Guildford

Troparion for St Edward the Martyr tone 4
Celebrating the newly manifest commemoration of the holy King Edward,
who shone forth of old in the virtues and suffered undeservedly we all
bow down before the Icon of his honoured countenance and in gladness cry
out: Truly Thou art wonderful in Thy Saints, O God.

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