Saint Malachy was the first Irish saint.
Saint Malachy was born of Irish nobility in Armagh in 1094. He was ordained at the age of 25 after the death of both of his parents. He served as Abbot at Bangor, Bishop of Connor, Ireland, and Archbishop of Armagh. Saint Malachy introduced uniformity in Ireland by replacing the Celtic liturgy with the Roman liturgy and was a noted healer.
The Prophecy of Saint Malachy
It is the Prophecy of St. Malachy concerning the line of popes that sets him apart from all other saints. According to tradition, he had a vision while in Rome of the line of popes and to each there was a phrase describing him. Such as Crux de Cruce (Cross from a Cross) or Lumen in Caelo (Light in the Sky).
Top Facts about St. Malachy:
- Saint Malachy is the patron of Ireland and his feast day is November 3rd.
- He is typically represented with either a book or encountering his sister’s dead spirit as seen in popular St. Malachy Medals.
- St. Malachy died in the arms of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, his biographer.
- He was the spiritual teacher of Blessed Christian O’Conarchy.