After he established a number of monasteries and churches in his native Ireland,
Saint Columba founded the renowned monastery of Iona, off the coast
of Scotland. Having guided many in the path of salvation, reposed in
peace in 597.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone:
A fearless accuser of sin and avenger of the injured, thou in repentance didst
accept exile in a distant land, keeping the strait and afflicted path of
obedience in the monastic rule. Thou didst cast the cloak of love over the
failings of the feeble. A lover of chant, thou didst rejoice in the creation,
whilst hymning the Creator, and didst command thy followers to be at peace
and have love among themselves, O gracious Columba.
Kontakion in the
Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
O Thou prince of Celts and founder of monasteries, in obedience to the revelation
of the Archangel Michael, thou didst endure exile and in so doing didst carry
the Faith to the unenlightened. As one who received the grace of illumination
by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that the hearts of us sinners may be
purified by His radiance. Intercede thou that peace may rule throughout thy
land and the whole world, and forget not thine erring children, O holy Father
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