Manfully to Triumph Over Tyrannical Madness

O God, who hast not without reason mingled the birthday of the glorious high-priest, Thomas, with the joys of thy nativity, by the intervention of his merits, make these thy servants venerate thy majesty with the reverence of due honour. Amen. And as he, according to the rule of a good shepherd, gave his life […]

Like An Unsullied Sun

Now when Colomb Cille came to his ending, and when the bell for nocturn was struck on the night of Pentecost Sunday, he went before the rest to the church and made prostration and fervent prayer at the altar. Then an angelic radiance filled the church around him on every side, and there the venerable […]

Relics of Patrick

The relics of Patrick were enshrined sixty years after his death by Columcille. Three precious reliquaries were found in the tomb, sc. the Cup, the Angel’s Gospel, and the Bell of the Will. The angel directed Columcille to divide the three reliquaries thus: the Cup to Down, the Bell of the Will to Armagh, the […]

I Will Aye Remember

Bide a wee ye bonnie hours o’ sweet yestreen Haud awa’ the thocht that e’er I will forget Lang the wimplin wey unrowes afore my een? And the mindin’ will be sweeter yet Chorus: Aye, the road was haudin’ frae the lass that I will aye remember Braw burn the bridges far behind me in […]

Except Ye Taste of Death

It appears that King Laoghaire had two daughters, named Ethne the fair, and Fedelm the ruddy. He had sent them, for what reason is not explained, to his relatives in Connaught, and placed them under the care of two Druids or magi, named Mael and Caplit. Patrick was at Crochan, or Cruachan, the royal cemetery […]

Back Turned to Ireland

Delightful would it be to me to be in Uchd Ailiun On the pinnacle of a rock, That I might often see The face of the ocean; That I might see its heaving waves Over the wide ocean, When they chant music to their Father Upon the world’s course; That I might see its level […]

I Stretch My Eye Across the Brine

198. Then Columcille and his household departed from Erin, and this is the number they were: twenty bishops, two score priests, thirty deacons, and two score sons of learning that had not yet the rank of priest or deacon, as the poet, even Dallan Forgaill, hath said in this quatrain: Forty priests their number. Twenty […]

I Make All Things New

Nothing so agile that it can match wisdom for agility; nothing can penetrate this way and that, etherial as she. Steam that ascends from the fervour of divine activity, pure effluence of his glory who is God all-powerful, she feels no passing taint; she, the glow that radiates from eternal light, she, the untarnished mirror […]

He Hath Holpen His Servant Israel

46 Agus thuhhairt Muire, A ta m’anam ag àrd-mholadh an Tighearna, 47 Agus a ta mo spiorad a’ deanamh gairdeachais ann an Dia mo Shlanuighear: 48 Do bhrìgh gu’n d’amhairc e air staid ìosail a bhan-oglaich: oir feuch, o so suas goiridh gach linn beannaichte dhiom. 49 Do bhrìgh gu’n d’rinn an Ti a ta cumhachdach nithe mòra dhomh, agus is naomh ‘ainm. 50 Agus a ta a thròcair-san […]

St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure

The St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure, dating from approximately A.D. 800, is the finest surviving collection of Scottish silver from the period. The hoard was discovered in July 1958, in the ruins of a twelfth century chapel on St. Ninian’s isle, a land-tied island connected to the southwestern coast of the Mainland, Shetland.  The metalwork hoard […]