Above: St. Kentigern
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SAINT KENTIGERN, A.K.A. MUNGO (CIRCA 518-614)
St. Kentigern‘s mother was Thenaw, daughter of Lothus, a British prince. The name of the saint’s father remains unknown to us. By age 25, St. Kentigern was working as a missionary at Cathures, the site of modern-day Glasgow, Scotland. He became a bishop in 540 and spent the next thirteen years building up the diocese and living simply, even austerely. St. Kentigern, who was known commonly as Mungo, or “Dear One,” was building up his Clasgu, or “Dear Family.” (Clasgu is the origin of the name “Glasgow.”)
An anti-Christian uprising in 553 forced St. Kentigern into Wales for a few years. There he found refuge with St. David of Wales and founded the monastery at Llanelwy (St. Asaph’s). After 18 years of exile from his Clasgu, the saint returned to Glasgow in 581.
There are miracle stories associated with St. Kentigern, but these are unreliable.
Today one can visit the saint’s tomb at Glasgow Cathedral, which has become a Presbyterian church.
Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant St. Kentigern. May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35
1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21
John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)
Revised on November 15, 2016