Celtic and Old English Saints          4 July

* St. Finbar of Wexford
* St. Odo of Canterbury

St. Finbar, Abbot of Innis-Doimhle, County Wexford, Ireland
6th century. This Saint Finbar was the founder and abbot of a famous
monastery on the Isle of Crimlen or Innis Doimhle, Wexford
(Benedictines, Husenbeth).

Troparion of St Finbar tone 3
O holy Finbar, thou didst labour faithfully/ and gain many disciples who
followed thee to Christ./ As thou didst guide souls in thine Irish
monastery,/ pray to Christ our God/ to grant us His great mercy.

St. Odo (Oda) the Good, Bishop of Canterbury
Born in East Anglia; died 959; feast day in Canterbury formerly on June 2.
Born of Danish parents in England, Odo became bishop of Ramsbury (Wessex).
He was with King Athelstand when the king defeated the Danes, Scots, and
Northumbrians at the Battle of Brunanburh in 937.

In 942, he became archbishop of Canterbury. He tried to escape consecration
by declaring that, unlike previous archbishops, he was not a monk. He only
consented to accept the dignity after he had received the monastic habit
from the hands of the abbot of Fleury-sur-Loire in

Odo played an active role in secular as well as ecclesiastical affairs
during the reigns of Kings Edmund and Edgar and paved the way for
monastic restoration under SS. Dunstan, Oswald (Odo's nephew), and
Ethelwold. He is reputed to have performed several miracles (Attwater,
Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopaedia).


Attwater, D. (1958). A Dictionary of Saints. New York:
P. J. Kenedy & Sons. [Attwater 2]

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

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

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

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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