Monday, 16 September 2013


Saint Ninian (d. c.432), missionary to the Pictish people of Scotland. A Briton, son of a Christian king, he was consecrated bishop in Rome, and on his journey home met Saint Martin of Tours. On his return to Britain he built a stone church at Whithorn in Galloway, which was unusual for the period, called Candida Casa ("White House"), and established an episcopal see dedicated to Martin. From there he proceeded to preach to and convert the southern Picts.


Almighty and everlasting God,
who called your servant Ninian to preach the gospel
to the people of northern Britain:
raise up in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may make known the immeasurable riches
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.


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