May 16 – Saint Brendan the Navigator: Patron Saint of Mariners, Boatmen, Sailors and Travelers

Saint Brendan the Navigator: Patron Saint of Mariners and Travelers (Feast Date: May 16)

Extract from Commemoration of St. Brendan of Ardfert and Clonert: “St. Brendan (Brendan the Voyager, Brendan the Navigator) belongs to that glorious period in the history of Ireland when the island, in the first glow of conversion to Christianity, sent forth its earliest messengers of the Faith to the continent and to the regions of the sea. The stories of Saint Brendan voyaging over perilous waters were popular in the Middle Ages, and his travels were as well known as the wanderings of Ulysses. . . . Over the years there have been many interpretations of the possible geographical position of this island. Belief in the existence of the island was almost completely abandoned when a new theory arose, maintained by those who claim for the Irish the glory of discovering America. This claim rests in part on the account of the Vikings who found a region south of the Chesapeake Bay called ‘Irland ed mikla’ (Greater Ireland), and on stone carvings discovered in West Virginia dated between 500 and 1000 A.D. Analysis by archaeologist Robert Pyle and language expert Barry Fell indicate that these carvings are written in Old Irish using the Ogham alphabet. According to Fell, ‘the West Virginia Ogham texts are the oldest Ogham inscriptions anywhere in the world. They exhibit the grammar and vocabulary of Old Irish . . . .  ‘It seems possible that the scribes that cut the West Virginia inscriptions may have been Irish missionaries in the wake of Brendan’s voyage, for these inscriptions are Christian. Early Christian symbols such as Chi-Rho monograms (Name of Christ) and the Dextra Dei (Right Hand of God) appear at the sites . . . .’” See PICTURE of St. Brendan the Navigator. See also: St. Brendan.

Saint Brendan the Navigator, Patron Saint of Mariners, Boatmen and Sailors (Feast Date: May 16)

Extract fromSaint Brendan: “Of all Irish saints, Brendan was the greatest traveller. . . . Brendan is associated with a number of monastic sites close to the River Shannon and around the west coast of Ireland. In addition, he voyaged to Scotland, founding a monastery on Arran and visiting other islands. He is said to have met Saint Columba on Hynba Island in Scotland, and even to have gone to Brittany with Saint Malo, a Welsh monk. He may also have stayed at Llancarfan, the Welsh monastery founded by Saint Cadoc. Brendan’s reputation as a traveller rests, however, on the Navigatio Sancti Brendani, an account written by an Irish monk in the ninth or tenth century. . . . The Navigatio Sancti Brendani describes meetings with Saint Patrick and Judas Iscariot, the latter clinging to a rock during a temporary release from Hell. The saint celebrates Easter on the back of a whale, and escapes a predatory sea-cat as big as a horse. It is a work in the tradition of Homer’s Odyssey, and draws on Celtic mythology as well as classical sources and the Scriptures.” See PICTURE of St. Brendan the Navigator. See also: Brendan (Multilingual), St. Brendan (EN), St. Brendan,The Navigator (EN), Commemoration of St. Brendan of Ardfert and Clonert (EN), Saint Brendan the Navigator (EN), San Brendan (SP), San Brendano di Cluain Ferta Abate (IT), Saint Brendan (FR), Święty Brendan – zwany żeglarzem (PO). VIDEO: St Brendan – The Navigator. PRAYER of St. Brendan, PRAYER to St. Brendan.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Brendan the Navigator on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Accidents in Palau (April 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 23 – May 7, 2012.

Migrant Ship Accident near Java, Indonesia (November 1, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 8 – November 21, 2011)

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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