Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hodie est dies festus sancti Patricii!

Today is the feast day of St. Patrick!

Kelly Henry writes to let us know that University College Cork has a nice collection of online Irish Latin manuscripts including St. Patrick's Confession. Enjoy! (The Classical Christian Ethereal Library has an English translation.)

Another Irish saint who has left us a written legacy is Brendan, whose story recounts the seven year Atlantic voyage of a band of sixth-century Irish monks. This work is considered one of the most important Irish contributions to the literature of the middle ages. CANEPress has recently published a selection of passages from Navigatio Sancti Brendani, in a book suitable for second year students and intermediate readers of Latin. This collection includes vocabulary hints and comprehension questions.

English readers can find a translation of the Voyage of St. Brendan online at the University of Lampeter's Celtic Christianity site.