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Abesse en Irlande (+ 577)
Elle est très populaire en Irlande. Elle fonda le couvent de Hy Conaill dans le Limerick. De nombreuses anecdotes sur sa vie sont peu plausibles. Voir aussi sur le site St Patrick's church
Dates de Fête : 15 janvier, Fête Locale
Site Orthodoxie celtique :
SAINT BRENDAN le NAVIGATEUR (484-577)
Brendan naquit dans le Kerry (sud-ouest de l'Irlande), vers 484. Selon l’ancienne coutume irlandaise qui voulait que les enfants soient mis en nourrice, il fut confié à sainte Ita, qui l’éleva jusqu’à l’âge de six ans. Par la suite, il fut envoyé à l’école monastique de saint Jarlath, à Tuam et il fut ordonné prêtre par l’évêque Erc. Saint Brendan devint un fondateur de monastères et après en avoir établi un grand nombre dans le Kerry, il s’en alla fonder celui de Clonfert, dans le centre de l'île. Ce monastère devint le centre d’où essaimèrent de nombreuses missions durant une centaine d’années.
Site Irelandseye :
Saint Ita Like Saint Declan, Ita belonged to the royal family of the Decies kingdom. She was born c. 480 in Co. Waterford, and was baptised Deirdre. The name Ita, which she later acquired, signified her "thirst for Divine Love". When her Christian father sought to arrange her marriage to a noble youth, she fasted in protest. Her prayers were answered when an angel appeared to her father persuading him that she must be allowed to pursue her holy vocation.
Ita established a community of nuns at Killeedy, Co. Limerick. Saint Brendan was a pupil of Ita, and when, in later life, he asked her what three things were most pleasing to God, she cited true faith, simplicity and generosity. Most hateful were churlishness, love of evil and greed.
Her life was austere, and she fasted rigorously. When a rich man pressed gold on her, she immediately sent for water to wash her hands. Ita is said to be the author of an Irish lullaby, which she sang when the infant Jesus appeared to her. She died c. 570, perhaps from cancer; legend says that a beetle devoured her side, growing to the size of a pig.
From the Appletree Press title: A Little Book of Celtic Saints.
Site en.wikipedia :
Saint Ita, also known as Saint Ida or Saint Ides, (c. 475 – January 15, 570), was an Irish nun.
Ida, called the "Brigid of Munster", was born in the present County of Waterford. She became a nun, settling down at Cluain Credhail, a place-name that has ever since been known as Kileedy--that is, "Church of St. Ita"--in County Limerick. There, she was the head of a community of women. That group seems to have had a school for little boys where the boys were taught "Faith in God with purity of heart; simplicity of life with religion; generosity with love". Her pupils are said to have included Saint Brendan. Her legend places a great deal of emphasis on her austerities are told by St. Cuimin of Down, and numerous miracles are recorded of her. She is also said to be the originator of an Irish lullaby for the infant Jesus, an English version of which was set for voice and piano by the American composer Samuel Barber. She probably died of cancer though contemporary chroniclers describe how her side was consumed by a beetle which eventually grew to the size of a pig, understandable given the early medieval conflation of sanctity and suffering. The particular species of beetle is not described.
She was also endowed with the gift of prophecy and was held in great veneration by a large number of contemporary saints, men as well as women. When she felt her end approaching she sent for her community of nuns, and invoked the blessing of heaven on the clergy and laity of the district around Kileedy. Not alone was St. Ita a saint, but she was the foster-mother of many saints, including St. Brendan the Navigator, St. Pulcherius (Mochoemog) and Cummian. At the request of Bishop Butler of Limerick, Pope Pius IX granted a special Office and Mass for the feast of St. Ita, which is kept on January 15.