Author Archives: Rev. Brenda Warren

About Rev. Brenda Warren

I am an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor. I am married with two grown sons, a daughter-in-love, and two Maine Coon cats. My interests include illuminated manuscripts, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon saints, pilgrimage, Franciscan and Celtic spirituality, Shakers, Anglo-Saxon and Merovingian abbesses and their double monasteries, Native American spirituality, genealogy, and comfy cute shoes. Let us pilgrimage together with the Celtic/Anglo-Saxon saints in my 40 Day Celtic Advent Devotional entitled, "Celts to the Creche" at www.saintsbridge.org.

St. Patrick of Ireland, guest post by Dr. Michelle P. Brown

St. Patrick and his companions stained glass by Dubin-based artist Harry Clarke, early 20th c. Celts to the Crèche: Day 40   Christmas Eve   ST. PATRICK OF IRELAND   -March 17, c.492                 (Guest … Continue reading

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St. Buriana of Cornwall

St. Buriana’s Banner  in the St. Buryan Church, Cornwall. This is the newer banner. Photo taken November 2018 when I visited there. Celts to the Crèche: Day 39 St. Buriana of Cornwall Mid-6th century St. Buriana (Berriona, Beriana or Beryan) was … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Brendan of Birr, Muirchu, and Moneisen of Britain

Celts to the Crèche: Day 37  St. Brendan of Birr, Muirchú of Ireland, and  Moneisen of Britain On this 37th day of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Crèche, we are getting closer to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Today we … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Gertrude of Nivelles

  Celts to the Crèche: Day 38 St. Gertrude of Nivelles About 626-March 17, 659 On this 38th day of our pilgrimage to the Crèche, we meet St. Gertrude (Gertrudis) of Nevilles. She and her mother Itta established the famous … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Benedict Biscop of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow

Celts to the Crèche: Day 34 Benedict Biscop of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow 628-January 12, 690 Benedict Biscop was the founding Abbot of the famous Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Monasteries in Northeast England in the late 7th century where The Venerable Bede (see day … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne

Celts to the Crèche: Day 7 Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne -721 AD On this 7th day of our journey towards Bethlehem with the Celts to the Crèche, we ecounter Eadfrith  who was a Bishop of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumbria. … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Canaire of Ireland

  Celts to the Creche: Day 35 St. Canaire of Ireland Died about 530 AD On our 35th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we meet a very strong-minded woman of prayer, St. Canaire. Toward the … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Ælfflæd of Whitby

Celts to the Creche: Day 29 Abbess Ælfflæd of Whitby About 655 or 656-February 8, 713 AD On this 29th day of our journey to the creche where Christ was born, we meet Ælfflæd who was the second or third Abbess … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Ninian of Whithorn

Celts to the Creche: Day 30 St. Ninian of Whithorn c362-c432 AD (or perhaps later) On this 30th Day of Celts to the Creche, we join on this pilgrimage to Bethlehem with fifth century British Bishop St. Ninian (Ninias) of Whithorn. He is … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Heiu of Tadcaster

Celts to the Creche: Day 24 Abbess Heiu of Tadcaster 7th century On our 24th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we meet Abbess Heiu that might be a new saint to some of us. Heiu … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Colman of Lindisfarne

Celts to the Creche: Day 25 St. Colman, 3rd Bishop of Lindisfarne  (c. 605 – February 18, 675 or August 8, 674) On this 25th day of our Advent journey with the Celts to the Creche, we discover that our … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Bega of Bees

Celts to the Creche: Day 26 St. Bega of Bees c. 850 On this 26th day of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Creche, we join with St. Bega of Bees on this journey to the manger in Bethlehem. The legend of … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Frideswide of Oxford

Celts to the Creche: Day 33 St. Frideswide, Abbess of Oxford c665-October 19, 727 or 735 On this 33rd day of our Advent pilgrimage with the Celts to the Creche we journey with Frideswide whose name in Anglo-Saxon means “strong peace.” She … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. John of Beverley

  Celts to the Creche: Day 12 St. John of Beverley  died May 7, 721 On day 12 of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Creche, we journey with St. John of Beverley who was not only the scholarly and erudite Bishop of … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: King Aldwulf of East Anglia

Celts to the Creche: Day 17 King Aldwulf of East Anglia c635-713 On this 17th day with the Celts to the Creche, we journey with Aldwulf (Ealdwulf). He was king of East Anglia from 663 to around 713. During his long reign … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Deiniol of Wales

Celts to the Creche: Day 28 St. Deiniol of Wales died 584 AD On this 28th day of the Celts to the Creche, we meet St. Deiniol of Wales (St. Daniel).  It seems appropriate that he would be on this journey with … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbesses Beatrice and Anna of Iona Nunnery

Latin inscription on the grave slab, partly lost: Here lies lady Anna, daughter of Donald, son of Charles, sometime Prioress of Iona who died in the year 1543. We commend her soul to the All-Highest….. Celts to the Crèche: Day 22 … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Bathilde of Chelles

Celts to the Creche: Day 19 St. Bathilde (Balthide) of Chelles 626/7-January 30, 680/687 On this 19th day of our journey with Celts to the Creche, we encounter St. Bathilde of Chelles, also known as Queen Balthilde and Baldechildis of … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: The Venerable Bede

Celts to the Creche: Day 23 The Venerable Bede 672/673-May 25, 735 AD On this 23rd  day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we meet Bede who was a historian, theologian, monk, scholar, writer, scribe, and a person … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Burgundofara of Faremoutiers

Celts to the Creche: Day 21 Abbess Burgundofara of Faremoutiers c595-c657AD On this 21st day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we encounter St. Burgundofara (also known as St. Fara, Fare), the founding Abbess of the famous Faremoutiers … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Brendan the Navigator

  Celts to the Creche: Day 20 St. Brendan the Navigator c484-578 AD On this 20th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we encounter the Irish St. Brendan the Navigator, also known as St. Brendan of … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Bertha of Kent

Celts to the Creche: Day 11 St. Bertha of Kent c539-c612 On this 11th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we meet St. Bertha, who was a Frankish princess with a devoted faith in Christ. She … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Pelagius

Celts to the Creche: Day 18 Pelagius c354-c418AD On this 18th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we encounter the theologian and monk Pelagius who is either dismissed as a heretic or is considered a breath … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Aebbe of Coldingham

  Celts to the Creche: Day 27 Abbess Æbbe of Coldingham c615-c683AD On this 27th day of our journey with the Celts to the Creche, we travel with Abbess Æbbe (Abb, Ebba) of Coldingham. She was a friend of St. … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: John O’Donohue of Ireland

Celts to the Creche: Day 16 John O’Donohue of Ireland January 1, 1956-January 4, 2008 On this 16th day of journeying with the Celts to the Creche, we join up with a modern day  Celt, John O’Donohue of Ireland. John … Continue reading

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