Brendan of Birr

(d. 573)

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(d. 573),

Irish abbot. Friend and disciple of Columba, his eminence was shown both in his title of chief of the prophets of Ireland and in his intervention at a synod at Meltown (Meath) which ended Columba's excommunication.

At the death of Brendan, Columba saw a vision in Iona of angels receiving his soul, so he ordered a special Mass to be said in his honour. From Brendan's monastery at Birr later came the MacRegol Gospels, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Feast: 29 November.

A. O. and M. O. Anderson (edd.), Adomnan's Life of Columba (1961), bk. III, cc. 3, 11;The Irish Saints, pp. 35–6.

Subjects: Christianity.

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