Friday, June 19, 2009

Picture Day Friday

Christianity came to the celtic lands via the Isle of Iona. The island's greatest saint Colomba was responsible for converting the Scottish and Irish peoples of 500 CE and also of sending waves of missionaries over to eastern Scotland and northern england, particularly to the celtic Bretons. Iona Abbey was the See of the early Christian faith in the British Isles.


Anna Campbell said...

Oh, I adore Iona, Keira. I've been there a couple of times and in 2004 had a couple of absolutely magic days staying there. It's got some of the prettiest beaches and seascapes I've ever seen. Columba clearly had an eye for real estate ;-) Thanks for posting the picture. Brought back lovely memories.

Keira Soleore said...

I've been to Lindisfarne but not Iona. Of course Columba was indirectly responsible for Lindis, too. He sent St. Aidan and other trusted priests to spread the Word to NE England and E Scotland.

And they make the most delicious mead I've ever tasted. Those churchmen sure knew how to make the best spirits. Aleast alcohol in exchange for celibacy. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Lindisfarne is gorgeous too, isn't it, Keira? Iona has something of that some other-worldly atmosphere.