Seven Years Before the Day of Doom

Seachd bliadhna roimh ’n bhràth, Thig muir air Eirinn ré aon tràth, ’S thar Ile ghuirm ghlais, Ach snàmhaidh I Choluim Chléirich! Seven years before that awful day, When time shall be no more, A dreadful deluge shall o’ersweep Hibernia’s mossy shore. The green-clad Isla, too, shall sink; While, with the great and good, Columba’s happier isle […]

Brecbannoch

BRECBANNOCH. Between the years 1204 and 1211, King William the Lion granted to the monks of Arbroath “custodiam de Brechbennoche,” and “cum predicta Brachbennoche terram de Forglint datam Deo et sancto Columbe et le Brachbennache,” on the tenure “faciendo inde servicium quod michi in exercitu debetur de terra ilia cum predicta Brachbennache.” This grant is recited in […]

Cnoc nan Aingeal

Another time also, while the blessed man was living in the Iouan island (Hy, now lona), he made this known to the assembled brethren with very great earnestness, saying, “To-day I wish to go alone to the western plain of this island; let none of you therefore follow me.” They obeyed, and he went alone, […]

Christ Was Victor in the North

Of the manner in which St. Columba overcame Broichan the Druid and sailed against the wind. On a certain day after the events recorded in the foregoing chapters, Broichan, whilst conversing with the saint, said to him: “Tell me, Columba, when dost thou propose to set sail?” The saint replied, “I intend to begin my […]

Of Columcille and Pope Gregory

Brandubh was killed on the morrow, and demons carried off his soul into the air. And Maedhog [abbot of Ferns] heard the wail of his soul as it was undergoing pain, while he was with the reapers. And he went into the air, and began to battle with the demons. And they passed over Hy; […]

To Confound the Druids

By virtue of his prayer, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, he healed several persons suffering under various diseases; and he alone, by the assistance of God, expelled from this our island, which now has the primacy, innumerable hosts of malignant spirits, whom he saw with his bodily eyes assailing himself, and […]

In Fidei Florulentia

Meminerintque regnum dei non in eloquentiae exuberantia sed in fidei florulentia constare. Let them remember that the kingdom of God inheres not with the exuberance of rhetoric, but in the blossoming of faith. St. Adomnán’s Preface to the Vita Columbæ.

Alta Proceritas

King Alexander, then lying in Kiararey-sound, dreamed a dream, and thought three men came to him. He thought one of them was in royal robes, but very stern, ruddy in countenance, somewhat thick, and of middling size. Another seemed of a slender make, but active, and of all men the most engaging, and majestic. The third again, […]

This Virgin Alone in Ireland

The bishop (Mel) being intoxicated with the grace of God there did not recognise what he was reciting from his book, for he consecrated Brigit with the orders of a bishop.  “This virgin alone in Ireland”, said Mel, “will hold the Episcopal ordination.”  While she was being consecrated a fiery column ascended from her head. […]

Book Rebound

Today in the post, I received from Leonard’s Book Restoration Station a copy of The Life of St. Columba which I had the bindery do up with hard boards covered with a fine deep red dyed calfskin, the traditional five raised ridges along the spine, a black applied leather label for the title, lovely marbled endpapers, […]