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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saint Columba

“The first Bakbakkar that I know about grew up in Ireland. He was born on December the twenty-fifth in the year 518. He became a monk and lived in what we now call Ulster, in Northern Ireland. He studied under a priest called Colum Cille, who, after his death, became known as St. Columba.
In the year 560, there was a huge battle that Colum Cille lost and he was exiled from Ireland. No one knows what the reason for the battle was, although there are several theories. Both he and his 12 companions fled to Scotland or in particular, to Iona and brought Christianity to this region. They built the original church on Iona. One of his followers was the monk, Bakbakkar.
But something happened to Bakbakkar that changed his life. That is what we are going to see today. It is called The Cauldron of Regeneration and once you have experienced the cauldron, many of your questions will be answered."

Saint Columba (7 December 521 – 9 June 597 AD)—also known as Colum Cille (Old Irish, meaning "dove of the church"), was an Irish monk who propagated Christianity among the Picts during the Early Medieval Period. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He became a monk and was ordained as a priest. Tradition asserts that, sometime around 560, he became involved in a quarrel with Saint Finian of Movilla Abbey. The dispute eventually led to the pitched Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which many men were killed. Columba suggested that he would work as a missionary in Scotland to help convert as many people as had been killed in the battle. He exiled himself from Ireland, to return only once again, several years later.

In 563 he travelled to Scotland with twelve companions, where according to his legend he first landed at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, near Southend. However, being still in sight of his native land he moved further north up the west coast of Scotland. In 563 he was granted land on the island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland which became the centre of his evangelising mission to the Picts. Columba died on Iona and was buried by his monks in the abbey he created.

St. Columba at Bridei' fort, before battle

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