Saturday, 2 August 2014

Saint Feichin the Priest, August 2

On August 2 we commemorate the memory of a Saint Fechin whose name first appears on the earliest of the Irish calendars, the Martyrology of Tallaght. His name was also associated with the office of priest, as Canon O'Hanlon explains:

St. Fechine, or Feichin, a Priest.

The name of St. Fechine, Priest, appears in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 2nd of August. Marianus O'Gorman has the Natalis of a saint this same day; and, he is probably the one called Fethchu in the Irish language, and Fethchuo in Latin, according to Colgan. He is called a Presbyter, but beyond this we have no further definite information regarding him. Also in the Martyrology of Donegal, we have the festival of Feichin entered, at the 2nd of August. In another Irish Calendar this holy man is called a Sagarth, meaning "a Priest." This description probably designates the degree of Holy Orders he attained in the Irish Church.

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