Celtic and Old English Saints          4 February

* St. Modan of Melrose
* St. Aldate of Gloucester
* St. Liephard

St. Modan, Abbot of Stirling, Falkirk, and Maelros (Melrose), Scotland

6th century. About 522, Modan, son of an Irish chieftain, professed
himself at Dryburgh Abbey near Mailros, Scotland. Being persuaded that a
Christian grows in holiness only by spending time with God, he gave six
or seven hours daily to prayer and seasoned all his other activities
with more prayer. A spirit of prayer is founded in the purity of the
affections, the fruit of self-denial, humility, and obedience.
Therefore, Modan practised austerity to crucify his flesh and senses. He
practised humility by subjecting his will so swiftly and cheerfully to
that of his superiors that they unanimously declared they never saw any
one so perfectly divested of all self-will as was Modan.

He became abbot of Dryburgh and proved the maxim that no man can govern
others well unless his masters the art of obedience himself. He was
inflexible in maintaining discipline, but did so with winning sweetness
and charity. His prudence in providing instruction or reproof gave
pleasure, gained hearts, inspired love, and communicated the spirit of
every duty.

He also preached the faith at Stirling and other places near Forth,
especially, Falkirk, but frequently interrupted his apostolic
employments to retire among the craggy mountains of Dumbarton, where he
usually spent 30-40 days at once in prayer. He died at Alcluid (later
called Dunbritton, now Dumbarton) where he is venerated (Benedictines,

St. Aldate (Eldate) of Gloucester, England
5th century. Saint Aldate was a Briton who lived in western England and
became celebrated for his patriotism. He roused his countrymen to resist
the heathen invaders. He was bishop of Gloucester. Many churches have
his patronage (Benedictines).

Troparion of St Aldate tone 1
Through thy pious upbringing thou didst become a shining beacon of/ the
Orthodox Faith,/ O Hierarch Aldate./ Wherefore, O Saint, intercede for
us that not straying from the true Faith,/ we may attain eternal

Kontakion of St Aldate tone 2
As a torch of truth, a tower of strength, a bastion of Faith, O Martyr
Hierarch Aldate,/ thou art the adornment of Gloucester, the joy of all
our nation and most worthy of all praise.

St. Liephard, Bishop and Martyr
Died 649. An Englishman by birth, Saint Liephard may have been a bishop.
He accompanied King Cadwalla on a pilgrimage to Rome. Liephard was
killed near Cambrai on his return to England (Benedictines).


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

Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler's
Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
London: Virtue & Co.

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