REJOICE CELTIC SAINTS
GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
IRELAND OF MY HEART
Rejoice, Saint Sunniva of Selje Island in Norway
& Saint Eithne of Isle of Jura in Scotland!
Dalkey Island and Killiney Hill, Ireland
Beautiful Scotland – Aerial / Drone Showreel
NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure 4K
Saint Sunniva was a princess who fled from Ireland with her brother and others.
They were shipwrecked off the coast of Norway but landed on Selje Island.
Here they were slain by people from the mainland and their relics were enshrined in Bergen.
Rejoicings to Saint Sunniva of Ireland
Martyr in Selje Island, Norway (8/7, +10th ce.)
and Rejoicings to Saint Eithne (Ethenia) the founder and abbess in the Monastery
of Isle of Jura in Hebrides Islands, Scotland,
and mother of St. Columbia of Iona,
from Ireland (26/2 and 26/5 + 6th ce.)
Rejoice, Saint Μartyr Sunniva
Rejoice, Saint Eithne of Scotland
Rejoice, Blessed Sunniva of Ireland,
painted smile of God in the sand of Selje Island
Rejoice, Holy Eithne of Hebrides Islands,
that your love like colorful tunic encompasses our souls
Rejoice, Saint Sunniva colored flower
of the green fiords of Norway
Rejoice, Saint Eithne crystal harmony
like the rose petals of the Paradise
Rejoice, Saints Sunniva and Eithne
avants of Ireland.
Rejoice, O Saints Eithne and Sunniva!
From my poetry collection
PAINTING LEAVES POEMS
Saint Sunniva of Norway
Commemorated on July 8 (+10th ce.)
SYNAXARION – HAGIOLOGY
St. Sunniva was born in the tenth century and is the patron saint of the Norwegian Diocese of Bjørgvin, as well as all of Western Norway.
She was the heir of an Irish kingdom, but had to escape with her brother and others when a pagan king, who wanted to marry her, invaded. She and her companions became shipwrecked off the coast of Norway, but eventually landed on Silje Island where they took refuge in a cave. The local people suspected them of stealing their sheep and demanded that they be arrested. Sunniva prayed to God that they should not fall into the hands of the heathens, upon which rocks fell down blocking the entrance to the cave.
Sunniva and her companions died in the cave, but in the years to come miracles were reported on the island. When King Olaf Tryggvason excavated the cave in 996, the body of Sunniva was found intact. Later, a monastery, Selje Abbey, was built on the site, the ruins of which can still be seen.
During the fires in Bergen in 1170-71 and in 1198. Sunniva’s remains were taken from the monastery and placed near the flames. This action halted the advance of the fire and was hailed as a miracle.
THE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AMERICA