Buriana

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Saint Buriana
Saint Buriana depicted in a church window.png
Born6th century
Ireland
Died6th century
Cornwall
Venerated inAnglican Church, Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineSt Buryan's Church, Cornwall
FeastMay 1

Saint Buriana (or Berriona, Beriana or Beryan)[1] was a 6th-century Irish saint, a hermit in St Buryan, near Penzance, Cornwall. Baring-Gould identifies her with the Irish Saint Bruinsech.

She is said to have been the daughter of an Irish king and travelled to Cornwall from Ireland as a missionary to convert the local people to Christianity. According to the Exeter Calendar of Martyrology Buriana was the daughter of a Munster chieftain.[2] One legend tells how she cured the paralysed son of King Geraint of Dumnonia. Buriana ministered from a chapel on the site of the parish church at St Buryan.

Buriana's feast day is 1 May.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis (1992), p. 6
  2. ^ Ellis, P. B. (1992) The Cornish Saints. Penryn: Tor Mark Press, p. 6