Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 17 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Mariana of Jesus
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

4 Remarkable miracles of St. Mungo, founder of Glasgow

ST MUNGO

Dun_Deagh | CC BY SA 2.0

Philip Kosloski - published on 01/13/19

The legacy of this Scottish saint endures to this day.

Born during the 6th century, Mungo was reportedly raised by St. Servanus in his monastery in Scotland after his mother entrusted him to the monk.

By the time he was 25, Mungo began his missionary adventures and established a church on the site where the city of Glasgow would later develop. He was regarded as a holy priest and was eventually consecrated the first bishop of Glasgow.

He became famous for four remarkable miracles that have been turned into the following verses for memorization.

Here is the bird that never flewHere is the tree that never grewHere is the bell that never rangHere is the fish that never swam

These four miracles are portrayed on the current coat of arms of the city of Glasgow.

The miracles are further explained by the website Undiscovered Scotland.

In the first, he is said to have restored life to the pet robin of St. Serf, which had been killed by some of his fellow classmates in Culross, hoping to blame him for its death.In the second he used branches of a tree to restart a fire at St. Serf’s monastery that had gone out because Mungo had fallen asleep while he was meant to be watching it.The third relates to a miraculous bell he brought back with him from Rome.And the fourth involved the story of Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde being accused of infidelity by her husband, King Riderich, who alleged she had given her wedding ring to her lover when, in reality, the king had himself thrown it into the river. Facing execution, the Queen appealed to St. Mungo, who ordered a servant to catch a fish from the river. When the fish was cut open, the ring was found inside, demonstrating the Queen’s innocence.

Before St. Mungo’s death, he was visited by St. Columba, the great “Apostle of Scotland,” and the two conversed and exchanged staves.

Mungo died on January 13, 614.


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Read more:
How Mary, Queen of Scots, fits into the Catholic history of Britain


LINDORES,ABBEY

Read more:
Medieval Scottish abbey reveals what may be the oldest whisky still

Tags:
SaintsScotland
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
3
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
St. Padre Pio: His life, his miracles and his legacy
6
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Catholic prayers for strength
7
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.