Celebrating St. Columba on the Isle of Iona (Part I)

Iona is as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

“An I mo chridhe, I mo ghraidh. – In Iona that is my heart’s desire, Iona that is my love.”

― Saint Columba

Writing from Scotland

I recently had a very special experience:  I sang with the Scottish Plainsong Choir in Iona Abbey.  As you might know, St. Columba was an early Christian religious leader, who established an abbey on the Isle of Iona:  a small island, off of a larger island, off the West Coast of Scotland.  He is believed to have come to Iona in the year 563.  Legend has it that he and his monks came there from Ireland in small boats called coracles.  He was greatly revered and later became a saint.  His feast day is June 9th.

On St. Columba’s feast day, members of the Scottish Plainsong Choir travelled to Iona from many different parts of Scotland, as well as a few from England.  My own journey began, with a few choir friends, just after 8 am when we took the train, through low mist and rain, to Oban.  From there…

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