Blathmac

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Saint Blathmac
Born c. 750 AD
Ireland
Died c. 825
Iona
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church

Saint Blathmac (Latin: Blathmacus, Florentius) was a distinguished Irish monk, born in Ireland about 750 AD. He was killed and became a martyr in Iona, about 825.[1] His biography written by Strabo, the Benedictine Abbot of Reichenau (824–849), and thus the story of his martyrdom has been handed down.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Blathmac, the scion of a noble family, early showed a religious turn of mind and longed to be enrolled in the noble army of martyrs, a wish which was afterwards fulfilled. His name was Latinized Florentius (from the Irish word blàth meaning "flower").

Career[edit]

He became an abbot. In 824 he joined the community of Columban monks at Iona and not long afterwards the Danes ravaged the island. One morning, as he was celebrating mass, the Scandinavian rovers entered the monastic church and put the monks to Blathmac refused to point out the shrine of St. Columba, which was the object of plunder. He was hacked to pieces on the altar step.[1]

His body was afterwards reverently interred at the scene. Miracles are claimed to have been wrought through his intercession. The date of his death is given by the "Annals of Ulster" as 825, although Mabillon places it thirty-six years earlier.[1]

External links[edit]

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae

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