three chief artisans of Irelandduring their period. Conleth, who was the head of the Kildare school of metal-work and penmanship, is traditionally regarded as the sculptor of the crosier of Saint Finbar of Termon Barry, which can now be seen in the Royal Irish Academy. He also created the golden crown that was suspended over Brigid's tomb.
to wolvesand leth "half" (Benedictines, Curtayne1942, D'Arcy, Farmer, Montague, Neeson).
Brigid's brazier,he was called, in old writings. Under him a community of monks grew up which excelled in the making of beautiful chalices and other metal objects needed in the church, and in the writing and ornamentation of missals, gospels, and psalters.
deposited in monuments which were decorated with various embellishments of gold and silver and precious stones, with crowns of gold and silver hung above them.
The church occupied a wide area, and was raised to a towering height, and was adorned with painted pictures. It had within it three spacious oratories, separated by plank partitions, under the one roof of the greater house, wherein one partition, decorated and painted with figures and covered with linen hangings, extended along the breadth of the eastern part of the church from one wall of the church to the other.That means that the sanctuary was shut off by an ornamented screen like the iconostasis in a Greek church.
The partition,Cogitosus continues,
has at its end two doors. Through one, the bishop enters the sanctuary, accompanied by his monks and those who are to offer the Dominical sacrifice; through the other, placed in the left of the same cross-wall, enter the Abbess with her virgins and faithful widows to enjoy the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Thus in one very great temple, a multitude of people in different order and ranks, separated by partitions, but of one mind, worship Almighty God.
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