Thursday, March 11, 2004

St. Constantine of Scotland




Yesterday St. John Ogilvie, S.J. Scotland's last marty; today St. Constantine, Scotland's first martyr. He was King of Cornwall. When his beloved wife died, he resigned his throne to his son and became a penitent monk in Ireland at Rahan Abbey (a ruin in the general vicinity is shown above).

The most complete telling of his legend his here, which is actually a Russian Orthodox site (the ROCOR jurisdiction).

The site of the monastery he founded in Govan.

A collect for St. Constantine:

O God, who didst wondrously adorn blessed Constantine, thy King and Martyr, with the glorious triumph of his passion "grant to us, we beseech thee; by following his example to despise earthly glory, and continually to love the things of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.