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St. Columba

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Saint Columba

Abbot & Confessor

Columba was born in the year of Our Lord 521, a descendant of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. He studied under St. Finian along with eleven other future saints, together known as the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. In the mid-sixth century, with twelve companions in a small boat, Columba left Ireland for Scotland, possibly due to a conflict with the Irish High King. The saint and his followers settled on the island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides, where they founded a now famous monastery with Columba as the abbot. From there Columba converted the northern Picts, including their king, and founded many other monasteries throughout Scotland. Though a strict ascetic, Columba was ever cheerful and charitable in his demeanor. He was a prolific writer, powerful preacher, and excellent teacher, legacies carried on by Iona Abbey, which produced numerous saints and the famous Book of Kells. He was also a famed wonder worker, and on one famous occasion he banished a fierce aquatic beast, which had been terrorizing the Picts, back to the bottom of the river Ness. The Apostle of the Picts died before the abbey’s altar in the year of Our Lord 597. He is also venerated as one of the Three Patrons of Ireland.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for June 9th

AT Rome, on Mount Caelius, the birthday [into heaven] of the holy martyrs Primus and Felician, under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. These glorious martyrs lived long in the service of the Lord, and endured sometimes together, sometimes separately, various cruel torments. They were finally beheaded by Promotus, governor of Nomentum, and thus happily ended their combat.

At Agen, in France, St. Vincent, deacon and martyr.

At Antioch, St. Pelagia, virgin and martyr, whose eulogy has been made by St. Ambrose and St. John Chrysostom.

At Syracuse, the bishop St. Maximian, who is frequently mentioned by pope St. Gregory.

At Andria, in Terra-di-Bari, St. Richard, first bishop of that city, who is renowned for miracles.

In Scotland, St. Columba, priest and confessor.

At Edessa, in Syria, St. Julian, a monk, whose memorable deeds have been related by the deacon St. Ephrem.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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