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St. Samson, bishop of Dol in Brittany (565)
Samson was Welsh – his mother was also a saint, St Anna of Oxenhall, and his half-sister was the mother of St David. As a priest, he carried out missionary work in Cornwall, and as bishop of Dol in Brittany founded monasteries there and in Normandy. Here is one Life, provided by the Celtic Christianity e-Library at Lampeter (Llanbedr, St Peter’s), and here is Wikipedia’s take.
Thy resplendent life, O holy Samson,
enlightened all thy kindred.
They followed thee in the monastic life
and themselves became shining lights.
When consecrated Hierarch thou didst obey the heavenly vision
and build monasteries to God’s glory in Brittany.
Pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Athlète de la grâce et maître de tempérance, tu as illuminé les îles par ta vertu, tel un phare spirituel. Imitateur des apôtres, tu as répandu la semence de la connaissance du Dieu trine. Saint pontife Samson, prie le pour qu’Il accorde à nos âmes le salut.
[Athlete of grace and master of temperance, you illumined the isles by your virtue as a spiritual beacon. Imitator of the apostles, you spread wide the seed of the knowledge of the triune God. Holy Bishop Samson, pray to Him that He may grant salvation to our souls.]
Dear Alex enters on his postulancy to the Norbertine Premonstratensians at Chelmsford tomorrow. I pray that this year may be a fruitful time, spent in prayer and community.