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Icon of St. Constantine, king, monk

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Icon of St. Constantine of Strathclyde, King, Monk (7th c.)

Feast: Mar. 11

The only son of King Riderch Hael of Strathclyde and his queen Languoreth, Constantine converted to Christianity early in life. He succeeded to his father's throne in 612. But he resigned the throne and became a monk. Living anonymously, his identity was only discovered because once, while grinding corn, he chuckled to himself, "Can this be King Constantine, who wore a helm and shield, drudging at a cornmill?" He was overheard, and encouraged to become a priest. Later, he succeeded St. Mochuda as abbot of Rahan in Offaly around the year 636. Still later he returned to Scotland and founded churches at Kirkconstantine, Kenneil, and Dunnechtyn, and, most famously, the monastery at Govan on the river Clyde. There he reposed and was buried. His shrine can still be seen today in the parish church of that place. Holy Father Constantine, pray to God for us!

Icon: by the hand of Aidan Hart, Oecumenical Patriarchate, England.



 

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