Sancta sanctorum opera
Patrum, fratres, fortissima,
Benchorensi in optimo
Numerum, tempra, nomina,
Sine fine fulgentia,
Audite, magna mereta ;
Quos convocavit Dominus
Caelorum regni sedibus.
The holy, valiant deeds
Of sacred Fathers,
Based on the matchless
Church of Benchor;
The noble deeds of abbots
Their number, times, and names,
Of never-ending lustre.
Hear, brothers; great their deserts,
Whom the Lord hath gathered
To the mansions of his heavenly kingdom.
Of our saint it says:
Kapud abbatum omnium
He rendered Maclaisre illustrious,
The chief of all abbots;
[Text and Translation from Rev William Reeves, 'The Antiphonary of Bangor,' in Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol.1 (1853), 168-179.]
This suggests that although he may today be an obscure figure, he retained a prominent reputation within his own community.
St. Maclaisre, Abbot of Bangor, County of Down.
The Martyrology of Tallagh records this saint, at the 16th of May, as Mac Lasre, Abbot of Bangor. At the same date, the Bollandists enter Maclasrius, Abbas Benchorensis, in Ultonia. Allusion is made to him, by Father John Colgan, as having died, during the reigns of Conall and Kellach, joint sovereigns over Ireland. The "Chronicum Scotorum " places the death of Mac Laisre, Abbot of Bennchair, at A.D. 644, the year when it is stated Bede was born. On this day, Mac Laisre departed to a brighter and a better world, in the year 645, according to the Annals of Ulster, and of the Four Masters. The Martyrology of Donegal registers on this day, as having veneration paid him, Maclaisre, Abbot of Bennchor.
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