Saturday, August 30, 2014


Blessed Marianus Scotus,
 Also known as Muirdach MacRobartaigh or MuiredachMacGroarty,Marianus of Ireland
 Born early 11th century in County Donegal, Ireland;
Died 1088.
Feast day :february 9  formerly 17 April ,formerly 4 July
The noble MacRobartaigh family is related to the O'Donnels, who were the hereditary keepers
of the Cathach "Battle Book of Colmcille". In 1067, Muirdach set out with some companions on a pilgrimage to Rome. En route he was induced to become a Benedictine at Michelsberg Abbey near
Bamberg, Germany. The pilgrims stopped to rest at a hostel maintained by the local convent. Its abbess, Emma, learned that Muirdach was extraordinarily gifted at producing manuscripts. Using
the seemingly irresistible powers of persuasion that all nuns seem to have, he took up her suggestion and migrated to Upper Minster at Regensburg to create the literary treasures of Saint Peter's Church
in Regensburg. The most famous of these are the Pauline Epistles that now reside in the Imperial Library at Vienna, Austria. The quality and quantity of his artful productions, which appear inspired by the Holy Spirit gained for him a reputation for sanctity.

 In 1078, he founded and became the abbot of the abbey of Saint Peter in Regensburg. Having successfully taken charge of the church and abbey attached to it for the task of copying manuscripts, other
Irish monks were attracted to the mission. The abbey expanded to the point that, within 10 years, plans were made for another such monastery. In this way, Muirdach originated the congregation of 12
"Scottish," that is, Irish monasteries in southern Germany. The reason for the term "Scottish" is that it was used from the time of the Romans for the Irish. Even 200 years after the establishment of
the Scottish monarchy, the term was commonly used for things Irish. Although Scottish monks pressured Pope Leo XIII, who did permit them in 1515 to take possession of Saint James in Regensburg and
the abbeys at Constanz and Erfurt. In Germany, the 12 are still known as the Schottenkloster.  

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