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Book of Kells

Book of Kells


The Book of Kells was Thrown Away

The Book of Kells was probably produced in a monastery on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, to honour Saint Columba in the early 8th century. After a Viking raid the book was moved to Kells, Ireland, sometime in the 9th century. It was stolen in the 11th century, at which time its cover was torn off and it was thrown into a ditch. The cover, which most likely included gold and gems, has never been found, and the book suffered some water damage; but otherwise it is extraordinarily well-preserved.
In 1541, at the height of the English Reformation, the book was taken by the Roman Catholic Church for safekeeping. It was returned to Ireland in the 17th century, and Archbishop James Ussher gave it to Trinity College, Dublin, where it resides today.

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December 19, 2013 · 09:30


Iona service celebrates 1450 years since arrival of Columba

Published 10 June 20

(Photo: Oliver Bonjoch)
Iona Abbey is still regarded as a centre of Christianity and spirituality 1450 years after the arrival of Columba

An ecumenical service took place on Iona on Sunday as part of celebrations marking 1450 years since the arrival of Columba on the tiny Scottish island.

Iona is regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. It was where Columba, an Irish monk, arrived in 563AD to bring the Gospel. A monastic community was established, which flourished as a centre for Christian learning and played a major role in spreading Christianity throughout Scotland.

Centuries later, Christians from around the world continue to visit Iona to deepen their faith and grow in relationship with God.

The celebratory service was joined by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Reverend Lorna Hood.

“I was delighted to be involved in the celebrations which were deeply humbling and moving for me. Without the work of Columba who knows where our faith and belief would be today,” she said.

“Iona is still so relevant to us all and especially the Iona community who continue to live out the Christian message of hope. Without hope we have nothing and it is a central tenant of our faith.”

The 1450 celebrations coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Iona Community, an ecumenical community promoting peace and justice from a Christian perspective.

As part of celebrations, Historic Scotland has invested around £1million in improvements to the visitor experience at Iona Abbey, including new permanent exhibitions and a museum containing rare early Christian sculptures from Britain and Ireland.  The centrepiece of the museum will be the reassembled St Oran’s and St Matthew’s High Crosses.

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St Columba- on this day (9 June): Anniversary of Death

St Columba-  on this day (9 June): Anniversary of Death

from Scotland History-Hub

On 9 June 597 St Columba died in Iona.

Born in present-day Donegal, Columba moved to Scotland after victory over the Irish king Dermott at the battle of Cooldrevny in 561. His spritual father, St Molaisi, commanded that Columba perform the penance of bringing as many souls to the Church as he had caused to die. Two years later Columba founded a monastery on Iona which was to become one of the leading centres of Christianity in Western Europe, and the base from which Columba launched his successful mission to convert the Pictish nation

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June 9, 2013 · 08:47