Saint Kentigern Mungo

“Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of His word and the praising of His name”  The four miracles of St Kentigern Mungo appear on the arms of the City of Glasgow. 

Mungo means, apparently, ‘dear one’. How lovely.  It would be nice to think that this saint might also have given his name, indirectly, to the popular beat combo Mungo Jerry, but that name in fact derives from the the T.S. Eliot poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer.  He has, however, given his name to the excellent charity Saint Mungo’s and to Father Brown’s parish in the G.K. Chesterton stories.

Saint Kentigern Mungo, the apostle to the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde, founded the fine city of Glasgow and, possibly, St Asaph’s monastery. He was born as a result of the rape of his mother Teneu, a princess of a British tribe. Her father, enraged, threw her from the hillfort at Traprain Law but she survived to give birth to her son.  He was brought up and educated by Saint Serf, an apostle to the Picts, who was the person who named the little saint ‘dear one’. He is buried in Saint Mungo’s Cathedral in Glasgow – now a Church of Scotland Cathedral but once a site of great Catholic pilgrimage.  I had a little conversation yesterday about sectarianism – another blight on our lives. I am pleased that St Mungo watches over all the people of Glasgow. St Mungo, pray for us.

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Saint Kentigern Mungo converting Merlin to Christianity, Stobo Kirk, Scotland

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