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Saint Days: Saint Kentigern

Saint Kentigern (died 614), aka Mungo (possibly a pet name meaning "my dear one") is the founder and patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland. He was instrumental in spreading the Gospel in Scotland, despite hostility from the locals. 

He performed four miracles in Glasgow. There is a poem which memorializes them: 

Here is the bird that never flew
Here is the tree that never grew
Here is the bell that never rang
Here is the fish that never swam

The four miracles are as follows: 

  1. The Bird: He resurrected a robin killed by one of his classmates. 
  2. The Tree: He restarted a fire with a hazel branch.
  3. The Bell: He brought a bell from Rome which was used in services and to mourn the dead.
  4. The Fish: The Queen was accused of infidelity by the King. He demanded she provide the ring which she supposedly gave to her love (but really, the King threw it in the river). Kentigern had a messenger go catch a fish. It had the ring in its mouth and the Queen was spared. 

Let us keep the memory of St. Kentigern with us as we pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Saint Kentigern, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the Scottish people; raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.