Posted by: anna | September 17, 2011

St. Ultan of Ardbraccan

Today (4 September) in the calendar of early British saints we commemorate St. Ultan of Ardbraccan (657), abbot-bishop, illuminator of manuscripts and uncle, biographer and hymnographer of St Brigid.

catholic encyclopedia 
O’Hanlon’s article and another post from Under the Oak
Part of the hymn to St Brigid, sung in Irish, by the Altramar Ensemble. Wish I knew more about how they got from the words (via a Solesmes chant perhaps?) to this beautiful musical rendition.

Holy Father Ultan, pray to God for us.


  1. I have the recording of this hymn on the Altramar CD 'Crossroads of the Celts'. The sleeve notes say that the text is from Trinity College Dublin Manuscript 80 and that the music is adapted from an antiphon to Brigid in the same source. TCD 80 is also the source of the Office to Saint Brigid recorded by the Scottish ensemble, Canty. Musicologist Dr Ann Buckley is the authority on these texts, she is based at Maynooth College.

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