Died 6th century or 450 (sources are evenly split between the two
dates); another feast on
According to the late medieval
legend, the sister of
(or Euny; f.d. October 31)
Herygh, Saint Ia, was a holy maiden who came from Ireland to
Cornwall--sailing on a leaf that grew to accommodate her--and landed and
settled at the mouth of the Hayle River where Saint Ives, formerly
called Porth Ia, now stands. She is said to have crossed with
Saints Fingar, Phiala, and other missionaries
(f.d. December 14).
she erected a cell where she lived the life of prayer and austerities.
This version relates that Ia suffered martyrdom in Cornwall at the mouth
of the Hayle River. Leland saw her "vita" at Saint Ives, which depicted
her as a noble of Saint Barricus; a church was built at her request by
Dinan, a great lord of Cornwall.
Breton tradition makes her a convert of Saint Patrick, and says that she
went to Armorica with 777 disciples, where she was
martyred. She is the eponym of Plouye, near Carhaix. Do not confuse her
(f.d. April 24)
of Saint Ives, Huntingdonshire
Troparion of St Ia
Thy life and mission
were pleasing to God, most pious Ia,
for seeing thee left behind in Ireland,
He miraculously transported thee across the sea to Cornwall on a leaf.
Wherefore O Saint, pray to God for us
that we may never give way to despair
but ever trust in His great mercy.
Kontakion of St Ia
By a miracle, God showed that the first should be last and the last,
first, O righteous Ia,
and therefore we look to thee as a symbol of Gospel truth,
ever praising thy illustrious memory.