Friday, 29 January 2016

Saint Mocheanna, January 29

January 29 is the feast of the wonderful Saint Blath, cook to Saint Brigid of Kildare. It's a day she shares with another Irish holy woman, this one rather more obscure, as Canon O'Hanlon explains:

St. Mocheanna, or Mac Conna, Virgin. 

Watchful and untiring in their duty, holy virgins are as the Apostle desired, not children of darkness, but children of the light and of the day, sober and sleepless. We read of Mocheanna, a virgin, having a festival at this date, according to the Martyrology of Donegal. In the published Martyrology of Tallagh, as in the Franciscan copy, her name is simply entered as Mac Conna. Notwithstanding the apparently incorrect way of spelling the name in this latter record, I cannot doubt but it represents Mocheanna.

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