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Celtic Saints. Part-Three.

Saint Piran or Pirran. 5th March.

Not many people know that Cornwall is a separate country known as Kernow from England. Fifteen hundred years ago an Irish missionary arrived by boat and set up a bee-hive cell Church. From that point Christianity had reached the Celtic Cornish peoples.

Piran was one of the many men and woman who went out from Ireland, a few years after the death of Saint Patrick. A massive outreach was started to preach the gospel message about Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead to the western fringes of Britain.

John 3:15-17,  17-21,  1 Timothy 1:15-16,  Romans 3:22-26.

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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.

Month of Saints.

March is upon us and its the month for Celtic saints. 1st March St. David, Wales, 5th, Saint Piran of Cornwall and the 17th Saint Patrick of Ireland. It was Patrick who really got the ball rolling for Christianity in the western fringes of the British Isles and NW-France.

All of these men risked life and limb to reach out to the pagan world around them. They brought hope and the promises of Jesus in relation to New Life and eternity. People in these societies had little hope and were much relient on pleasing deities, some times with human sacrafice. With great loss to the younger generation. But the impact of these saints has lated to this day and millions of people have been influenced for good over those generations.

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