Posted by: anna | June 3, 2011

St Barrfoin

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Today is the Afterfeast of the Ascension! Christ is ascended!
O Christ God,
Thou hast ascended in glory,
granting joy to Thy disciples
by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured
that Thou art the Son of God,
the Redeemer of the world!

In the calendar of early British saints we commemorate St Barrfoin the Missionary (6th C). From celt-saints:

St. Barrfoin of Killbarron, Hermit (also Bairrfhionn, Barrindus) 6th century. Few details are certain about the life of Saint Barrfoin. Saint Columba is said to have put Barrfoin in charge of the church he founded at Drum Cullen Offaly. Afterwards, Barrfoin lived at Killbarron, near Ballyshannon, in Donegal. He may have reached America on one of his missions by sea, and informed Saint Brendan of his discovery. Some say that he was a bishop (Benedictines).

Troparion of St Barrfoin Tone 3

O holy Barrfoin, Christ’s missionary voyager/ like thy contemporary Saint Brendan:/ pray that we may have courage/ to venture for Christ, at His call,/ that we may receive His great mercy.

Holy St Barrfoin, pray to God for us.

And I’ve discovered another Orthodox calendar of saints, incorporating both eastern and western (YAY!): Fr Christopher Klitou’s Orthodox Pages: One word of warning though – the front page (only) has digital bell sounds playing, and I don’t see any way of turning them off other than switching off my own speakers.
This is the 2000th post to this blog!

1st ever post – Canada
3 June 2006 – Robert Frost
3 June 2007 – English country church
3 June 2008 – Switzerland
3 June 2009 – Alan Bennett and the shed
3 June 2010 – the jolly full bowl



  1. A blessed Afterfeast to you! Thank you for the pronunciation help!

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