Celtic and Old English Saints          17 October

* St. Louthiern of Cornwall
* St. Nothelm of Canterbury
* St. Colman of Kilroot
* St. Ethelbert and St. Ethelred of Kent

St.Louthiern of Cornwall, Bishop
6th century. The Irish Saint Louthiern, patron of Saint Ludgvan in
Cornwall, may be identical to Saint Luchtighern (f.d. April 28), abbot
of Ennistymon, who is associated with Saint Ita (f.d. January 15)

Troparion of St Louthiern tone 1
Both in Ireland and in Cornwall thou didst win many souls for Christ/ by
preaching and witness, O Father Louthiern./ Wherefore as we seek to
emulate thy holy example, O Saint, beseech Christ our God that He both
bless us and grant us His great mercy.

St. Nothelm of Canterbury, Bishop
Died c. 740. A priest in London, he was named archbishop of Canterbury
in 734. In his preface to his "Ecclesiastical History," the historian
the Venerable Bede (f.d. May 27) acknowledges that the chief authority
for his work was Abbot Albinus, who passed along to him the
recollections of Nothelm, including the research Nothelm had done in
Roman archives on the history of Kent and adjacent areas. Nothelm was
also a correspondent of Saint Boniface (f.d. June 5) (Benedictines,

St. Colman of Kilroot, Bishop
6th century. Bishop Colman of Kilroot, near Carrickfergus, was a
disciple of Saint Ailbe of Emly (f.d. September 12). He retained his
abbacy while also in the episcopal chair (Benedictines).

Troparion of St Colman of Kilroot tone 1
Thou hast shown thyself to be a teacher of the Faith,/ guide of
monastics and bright star of the Church, O Hierarch Colman./ Wherefore
we cry to thee to intercede with Christ our God/ that He will save our

St. Ethelbert (Aedilberct, Ethelbricht) and St. Ethelred of Kent
Died c. 640-670; this is the feast of the translation of their relics.
These are the sons of Ermenred and great-grandsons of King Saint
Ethelbert of Kent (f.d. February 24), who were cruelly murdered by King
Egbert of Kent's counsellor, Thunor, at Eastry (near Sandwich). Egbert
was held accountable for the assassinations and founded Minster Abbey as
a penance. Here their sister, Saint Ermenburga (f.d. November 19) was
founding abbess of the convent. Saint Bede (f.d. May 25) does not
mention them, and the source that does, leaves them unnamed.
Apparently, there was competition for their relics, which were
translated to Wakering in Essex. Finally, in the 10th century, Saint
Oswald (f.d. February 28) enshrined their relics at Ramsey abbey in
Huntingdonshire, where they are venerated (Attwater, Benedictines,
Farmer). In art, this pair is portrayed as royal brothers, sometimes
with swords (Roeder). They are also venerated at Canterbury (Farmer).

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