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Celtic Saints. Part-One.

‘A month of Saints.’

The month of March marks the celebration of a number of Saints, that could be described as the founding fathers of the Celtic Church. March 1st St. David of Wales, 5th March St. Piran of Cornwall and the 17th Saint Patrick of Ireland and Nigeria. But the 17th is also the feast day of the legend of Joseph of Aramathea coming to England and founding Glastonbury.

It is only Patrick’s account of the pagan society of his day that can be dsecribed as a reliable source of information. It is a great window into the conditions of the times of post Roman Britain and Ancient Ireland. Patrick was not the first Christian to visit Ireland, but he was the only one to have a lasting impact and from his work in 500AD the Celtic Church was established with a massive outreach of gospel message to the western fringes of the ‘British isles.’  1 Timothy 1:15-16.

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Saint Patrick. Part-two.

What we today know about this man, is generally from legends about him. But the historical facts show us that he was a very active and determined Christian believer, who wanted to evangelize a remote part of the northern region of the island of Ireland. Today known as the province of Ulster.

From landing at Saul in County Down and the establishment of that first cell Church there, he went on to reach out to the areas around Strangford Lough. But later in his life Greyabbey, Nedrum and Movilla were to be important centers of the new Celtic community. We learn a lot about him from his writings, about being delayed and held up by various tribes. We also see that other Christians for financial gains sold communities to pirates and slave traders. At the end of Patrick’s life he died in the Antrim hills and was returned to Bangor for burial.

It was the Normans who had his body dug up and moved to Downpatrick. Patrick has had an massive impact on Ireland and through the good works of nuns and priests in helping the people of Nigeria, they have adopted him as their patron saint too. It is from Patrick that later men and women went out from Ireland to Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall and many other places, probably of no return to serve their Lord and master Jesus.

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