Celtic and Old English Saints          15 June

* St. Trillo of Llandrillo
* St. Vauge of Cornwall
* St. Vouga of Lesneven
* St. Edburga of Winchester

St. Trillo, Abbot of Llandrillo, Wales, Companion of Saint Cadfan
(Drillo, Drel) of Wales
6th or 7th century. Trillo, son of a Breton chieftain, migrated to Wales
with Saint Cadfan. He is the patron of two places named Llandrillo in
Denbighshire (now Gwynedd) and Monmouth. At Gwynedd there is an ancient
oratory in the Irish style built over a spring that is used for baptisms
named after him. Another Llandrillo in Merionethshire (now Gwynedd) had
a well where rheumatism was cured. A third church at Lladrygarn in
Anglesey still celebrates his feast today in accordance with early Welsh
calendars (Benedictines, Farmer).

St. Vauge (Vorech)
Died June 15, 585. Vauge, a holy priest of Armagh, Ireland, fled to
Penmarch, Cornwall, when it appeared he was to be consecrated
archbishop. There he built himself a hermitage. But that doesn't mean
that he kept to himself: He often preached to the local people and
instilled the desire for Christian perfection in their breasts. Vauge
appears to be the titular saint of Llanlivery in Cornwall under the name
of Saint Vorech (Husenbeth).

St. Vouga, Bishop of Lesneven
(also known as Vougar, Veho, Feock, Fiech)
6th century. Saint Vouga, an Irish bishop, settled in Brittany, where he
lived as a hermit in a cell near Lesneven (Benedictines).

St. Edburga, Abbess of Winchester, Virgin
Died 960. Saint Edburga was a granddaughter of King Alfred and the
daughter of Edward the Elder. It is reported that, while she was still a
young child, her royal father offered her precious jewels in one hand
and a penitential habit in the other. Edburga chose the latter joyfully.
At that her parents placed her in Saint Mary's Convent, which was
founded by Alfred's widow, Alswide, at Winchester, finished by her own
father, and placed under the direction of Saint Etheldreda. Having
finished her education, Edburga became a nun and later the abbess of the
foundation. After Edburga died of a fever, Bishop Saint Ethelwold placed
her remains in a rich shrine, which Abbess Saint Elfleda covered with
gold and silver. When the Earl Egilwald of Dorsetshire sought relics for
his newly rebuilt foundation of Pershore in Worcestershire after its
pillage by the Danes, the abbess give him part of Edburga's skull, some
of her ribs, and other bones, which were enclosed in a rich case. She
was especially venerated at Pershore in Worcestershire, where these
relics were enshrined and many miracles have taken place, and at Saint
Mary's in Winchester (Attwater, Benedictines, Husenbeth).


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