With you on your Lenten Journey. The saint of the second Bed is Brendan. His origins were in Kerry where he gave his name to Mount Brandon, and where there is a living pilgrimage tradition in his honour. Brendan is remembered as an adventurer for Christ. A medieval tale recounts his journey via the Hebrides and Iceland as far as Newfoundland. The explorer Tim Severin, who died only recently, retraced that route in a boat constructed from materials available in the sixth century, in a modern adventure known as The Brendan Voyage. One of our Lough Derg boats used to bear his name. His final monastery was at Clonfert in Galway. His feast is on 16 May.
Brendan of the journeys,
man of courage and adventure,
bearer of Good News to strangers,
bless my way through Lent to Easter. Amen.
5 March 2021