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Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15, Saint Machutus, Bishop and Confessor

November 15, Saint Machutus Bishop and Confessor
St. Machutus

Machutus, better known as Malo, was a Welshman who became a monk and went to Brittany, where he settled among the pagans, and began to preach to them, at a place them called Aleth, but now called Malo. And after he had made many converts, he was consecrated to the episcopate. * But violent discords grew up in his flock, and well nigh broke his heart ; so that he left, with thirty of his monks, and went to Saintes. Where after several years a deputation from Aleth waited upon him, and with tears implored him to return, for they said that with his departure the light had gone, and darkness had settled down upon Brittany. * But Malo returned only long enough to set things somewhat in order, and then went back to Saintes ; for he knew that his end was near, and he was fain to die there. Which same he did in the peace of God, and the year of salvation 621.
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the devout observance of this festival of blessed Malo, thy confessor and Bishop, may be profitable unto us for our advancement in all godliness, and for the attainment of everlasting salvation, through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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