Columba to Iona & SW Scotland

                       C O L U M B A


There was a missionary student of Patrick's

 schools in Ireland by the name of Columba,

 "son of Feidlimyd, chieftain of the territory of

 TIR-CONAILL the son of Fergus." J H Merle

 d'Aubigne, (The Reformation in England, vol 1, pp 30)


Columcille (Columba) was born on December

 7, 521 AD, at Gartan in County Donegal,

 Ireland. His mother, Eithne, was daughter of a

 Munster chief of the line of Cathair Mor.


Columba ("Dove") was named Crimthann,

and was a nephew of Fergus MacErca, then

 King of Scotland, and Fergus' brother, then the

 reigning High-King of all Ireland,

 Muircheartach MacErca. A High-King who

 reigned later in Colm’s (Irish name for

 Columba) career, Ainmire, was his cousin.


St Columba is an example of a warrior monk,

 admired not only for his spiritual leadership,

 but also for his physical vigor.


It was in a time when, as then, the fires of

 Christianity glowed at white heat, that a man

 of so many royal entanglements could turn his

 back upon wealth, rank and power, and give

 himself to God. -- "The Story of the Irish Race" The

 Devin-Adair Co, NY 1949 pp 160

Columba studied under the distinguished

 "Finian of Clonard", and in 551 AD was

 ordained a Pastor of the Celtic Christian

 Church. During his residence in Ireland, he

 lived at Kells and founded a number of

 churches and the famous monasteries Daire

 Calgaich (Derry) on the banks of Lough Foyle,

 and Dair-magh (Durrow) in King's County.


He was a member of the Celtic Christian

 Church, which was founded directly upon the

 teachings of the Apostles of Christ who

 reached Britain.


Joseph of Arimathaea and Mary might have

 travelled to Britain shortly after the death of

 Christ. Columba observed the correct Passover

 (not the Babylonian Mystery religion's Ishtar

-        Easter) and kept God's true SABBATH

-         day Saturday, NOT the Babylonian's SUN-day, the day of SUN-worship.


Comgall and Columba both visited with Mobhi

 Clairenach in Dublin suburb Glasnevin.

 Columba Colm Cille was military trained, and

 fought the O’Neills at the Battle of Coleraine

 west of Belfast, in which thousands were



The Irish clergy censured him and

 drove him out of Kells in Co Meath and

 Ireland, as recorded by Adamnan.

So ColumCille “Columba” went to Scotland as

 a missionary. 'I will go and preach the Word of

 God in Scotland.” Ibib, pp 30


In 563 AD Columba established a monastery on

 the Isle of Iona. From there, he acted not only

 as missionary to the Picts, but diplomat as well,

 helping unite the Scots under Gabhran's son,

 King Aidan. Columba required a translator

 when he converted Brude, the Pict King.

Part of the Scotic Dal Riada was colonized and

 ruled by the Irish Scots. King Conall, son of

 Comgall, reigned there, a direct descendant of

 Fergus Mor MacErc of the Tir-Conaill family.

 He was a Columba kinsman, and the King

 made a grant of land where Columba and his

 disciples could build a home and establish a


Columba hoped the myth about the Pillar-Stone

 of Jacob, supposedly placed in the church

 previously built by his uncle King Fergus, was



He expelled the pagan Druid priests who

 inhabited the island. The non-pagan Druids

 were converted. Iona had been known as INNIS


 DRUIDS"), and was a sacred spot long before

 Columba made landfall in 563 AD.


After a small settlement was constructed, Iona

 "developed into the most famous center of

 Celtic Christianity, the Mother Community of

 numerous monastic houses, whence

 missionaries were dispatched for conversion of

 Scotland and northern England." Encyclopedia

 Britannica." 1943 edition Vol 12, pp 573


9 years after Columba arrived in Iona, Conall,

 King of the Dalriadic Scots in the West of

 Scotland, passed away. Aidan, son of Gauran,

 succeeded to the throne. Columba was held in

 high regard by the clergy and people. Being

 related to the recently departed King, he was

 selected to perform the Ceremony of

 Inauguration on the accession of the new King

 on An Faradh - the Inauguration Mound – the



As E Raymond Capt notes, "Aidan was

 crowned King of Scotland in a Coronation Rite


 succeeding monarchs of Scotland and England.

 The ritual included a Confirmation declaring

 the future of Aidan's children, grandchildren,

 and great-grandchildren, exactly as was done

 by JACOB when he blessed his sons before he

 died." ("Jacob's Pillar," p 45)

In 597 AD death came to Columba. During May

 of that year, he visited the farm on the west

 side of the island where his brethren grew the

 crops necessary for the survival of the

 settlement. "On SATURDAY of that week he

 visited the great barn in which was stored the

 community's stock of food, and rejoiced in the

 great store he found there, which would insure

 plenty for his beloved ones for that year. With

 earnestness he blessed the barn that it should

 ever hold and give in plenty to the ardent

 servants of God.


Columba also kept the Bible Sabbath Saturday which God commands in His Decalogue. His last moments are recorded in history:

 "Having continued his labors in Scotland 34 years, he foretold his death, and on Saturday, the 9th of June, he said to his disciple Diermit: 'This day is called the Sabbath, that is, the day of rest, and such will it truly be to me; for it will put an end to my labors.'" Butler, Lives of the Saints, vol 6, pp 139


Then he said to those who stood around him: 'THIS DAY IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IS CALLED SABBATH, which means rest. And this day is SABBATH TO ME, for it is the last day of my laborious life, AND ON IT I REST. And this night... I shall go the way of my fathers.'...


At the end of the day, when it came time for the Sabbath evening prayers, having reached the end of a page, he laid down his pen, saying: 'Let Baithen write the rest.' And his last written words were those of the 33rd Psalm -- 'They that seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.'

So that the first words which his successor Baithen, was to write were: 'Come, ye children, and hearken unto me. I will teach you the fear of the Lord.'"
("The Story of the Irish Race," by Seumas MacManus. Revised edition. The Devin-Adair Co, Connecticut. 1992 Pp 172-173)

Shortly afterwards, this remarkable man of God went to his rest.

In 664, Oswald, King of Northumberland, ordered Sunday observance. And the Celtic Sabbath keepers, rather than to submit to it, withdrew to the Isle of Iona and to Ireland." So the Celtic Church had to flee from Sunday observance in the 7th century!


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