Tuesday, September 15, 2009

St. Ninian, Bishop of Galloway:16 September 2009

St. Ninian, Bishop of Galloway


Ninian was a Celt, born about 360. It is said that he studied in Rome and was a friend and imitator of St. Martin of Tours, his good friend with whom he spent much time. Ninian was the first known preacher who reached out north of Hadrian’s wall, and preached as far South as the English Lake District and as far north as the Firth of Moray. He was important as were Patrick and Columba in preserving the Roman-British Church and definitely had effect on Celtic Christianity. He preached principally to the Picts, and principally in Southern Scotland many churches are dedicated to him and said to have been founded by him. He named his base at Galloway Candida Casa (White House or Whitethorn) which name is believed to have been used by St. Martin of Tours for his monastic settlement.

Most of what is known about Ninian comes from the Venerable Bede.

Collect: Father, as you raised up Ninian as Bishop of Galloway and to preach the Gospel to the Picts. Raise us in this and every land evangelists who are willing to suffer for the faith by preaching no matter what the circumstances. We ask this through the same Yeshuah who gives us joy in all circumstances. Amen. (white)

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