Sts. Columba and Mungo Icon

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Materials: lime board, levkas, egg tempera, gold leaf 23K

Our venerable and God-bearing Father Columba of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland (December 7, 521 - June 9, 597; also known as Columcille, meaning "Dove of the Church") was an Irish abbot and missionary who helped re-introduce Christianity to Scotland and the north of England.

Our father among the saints Kentigern of Glasgow, also known as Saint Mungo, was a late sixth century missionary to the Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde. He is a patron saint of the city of Glasgow that he founded. St. Kentigern is venerated as the Apostle of what is now northwest England (including Cumbria and the Lake District) and southwest Scotland. His feast day is commemorated on January 14. He also has associations with figures from Arthurian legends, having lived in that time of transition between post-Roman Celtic Britain to pagan Anglo-Saxon domination of the island. A contemporary of St. Columba of Iona, he reposed not long after the papal Augustinian mission to Anglo-Saxon England. Saint Mungo according to tradition founded a number of churches during his period as hierarch of Strathclyde, of which Stobo Kirk is a notable example. In Scotland he is considered a patron saint of those needing help against bullies, of those accused of infidelity, and of salmon.