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Kilian

The canonized Roman Catholic missionary was born in Mullagh (Ireland) and died as a martyr in 689 Würzburg where he probably held the office of bishop (the sources state this differently). The Celtic Name means "man in the cell", his feast day is July 8th. According to legend, it came from an elegant Irish-Scottish family. Kilian joined the Columban monastery rule and initially sought loneliness. He later studied the sciences of his time and eventually made a pilgrimage to Rome to receive confirmation of his inner mission as a messenger of faith. He is considered the patron saint of the winegrowers Franconia, in the Franconian national anthem "Wohauf, the air is fresh and pure" it says: "The wine patron Kilian brings us something fine ". After the saint is probably the hybrid Kiliansrebe been named. See also under wine gods and wine Saints,

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