Celtic and Old English Saints          4 November

* St. Clether of Cornwall
* St. Brinstan of Winchester

St. Clether (Clederus) of Cornwall, Hermit

St Clether is a small village beside the River Inney with the parish
church standing some distance away. A little way on from the church
following the river stands what is considered Cornwall's most
beautifully situated Holy Well. There are over two hundred Holy Wells in
Cornwall (indeed there is one on the next village - Laneast), however
few can compere with the beauty and tranquillity of the well & chapel at
St Clether
(pictured on the web page http://www.bodminmoor.co.uk/stclether.html ).
Tucked away in complete isolation and only reachable by a footpath across
a moorland meadow, thesmall chapel stands between the river and an
outcrop of limestone rocks. The spring bubbles up behind the chapel and
then the water flows under the altar and leaves the building to join the
river below. Possibly originally built in the 5th Century by a Welsh saint
named St Clederus the well was rebuilt in the 15th Century and restored
in 1895.

St. Brinstan, Bishop and Confessor of Winchester
(Birnstan, Beornstan, Brintan, Brynstan)
Died November 4, c. 934. According to William of Malmesbury, in 931,
Saint Birnstan succeeded Saint Frithestan (f.d. September 10) in the see
of Winchester. This disciple of Saint Grimbald (f.d.July 8) was noted
for his devotion to the departed for whose repose he nightly repeated
the Psalms. He also frequently said prayers for them in the cemetery
(and once was answered, "Amen!"). Daily he washed the feet of some of
the poor, whom he served at table and performed other works of charity.
His cultus was neglected for some time until Saint Ethelwold (f.d.August
1) had a vision of Birnstan which showed that he enjoyed glory in heaven
equal to that of the more popular Saints Birinus (f.d. December 3) and
Swithun (f.d. July 15) of Winchester (Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth).

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