Celtic and Old English Saints          9 March

* St. Bosa of York
* St. Constantine of Scotland

St. Bosa of York, Bishop
Died 686. Saint Bosa was a monk at Whitby, England, under Saint Hilda
(f.d. November 17). In 678, he was consecrated
bishop of Deira (the southern half of Northumbria, now Yorkshire) by
Saint Theodore (f.d. September 19), with his see at York, when Saint
Wilfrid (f.d. October 12) was driven out by King Egfrid for refusing to
accept the division of his see. Wilfrid returned in 686, but Bosa took
over the diocese in 691 when Wilfrid was again exiled following a
quarrel with King Aldfrid; Bosa ruled it with great holiness and ability
until his death. Saint Bede praises Bosa as "a man beloved by God . . .
of most unusual merit and sanctity." One of his disciples was Saint
Acca (f.d. October 20), who later followed and succeeded Wilfrid at
Hexham (Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopaedia, Farmer).

St.Constantine (+575) of Govan, King of Cornwall, Monk, and in Kintyre,
Proto-martyr of Scotland

Feast in Cornwall and Wales is March 9
Scotland - March 11
See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/1103

Troparion of St Constantine Tone 5
Grieving at the loss of thy young spouse,/ thou didst renounce the
world, O Martyr Constantine,/ but seeing thy humility God called thee to
leave thy solitude and serve Him as a priest./ Following thy example,/
we pray for grace to see that we must serve God as He wills/ and not as
we desire,/ that we may be found worthy of His great mercy.

Kontakion of St Constantine Tone 4
Thou wast born to be King of Cornwall,/ O Martyr Constantine,/ and who
could have foreseen that thou wouldst become the first hieromartyr of
Scotland./ As we sing thy praises, O Saint,/ we acknowledge the folly of
preferring human plans to the will of our God.


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

Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
(1966). The Book of Saints. NY: Thomas Y. Crowell.

Delaney, J. J. (1983). Pocket Dictionary of Saints, NY:
Doubleday Image.

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

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

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