Cross Time?

Pope Gregory was a man who abandoned his privileged lifestyle and military standing to pursue a contemplative and reflective lifestyle in the service of Rome’s church He would become Bishop of Rome, reluctantly, in using his military, political and economic wisdom to save the city of Rome and facilitate the future reuniting of Rome’s feuding Western Empire and languishing Eastern Empire. Read more…

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Patron Saints

Patrick, Andrew, David and George, the four patron saints on Ireland and Great Britain created during the last 1600 years, canonised by Rome, presented for Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England: acclaimed as miracle performers: the nations Christian symbols.   Read more…

Saint Patrick

Patrick is the primary patron saint of, or on, the island of Ireland, along with Saints Brigid and Columba. Patrick is believed to have been brought to Ireland as a captured slave in the early 5th century..

The widely accepted details of Patrick on Ireland state he was captured by pagan raiders from Ireland and forced to labour as a shepherd boy, for six years, on the bleak Slemish mountain in County Antrim, Ulster. Read more…

Saint Andrew

Andrew is said to have been the brother of (saint) Peter and Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland; His white satire cross on a blue background is used as the national flag of Scotland and represented on the British union flag.

Andrew was thought to have been a fisherman in Galilee, who along with his brother Simon, became followers of Jesus, the Nazarene. Read more…

Saint David

David, or Dewi was Bishop of Menavia in the 6th century, born around 520. The date is uncertain, as was the year of his death: some say 589, others 601, most agree he died March 1st, the day in when he is celebrated.

We have to wait until 1090 AD for the definitive biography, Bucchedd Dewi. The account, Life of David, was written by Rhygyfarch, the son of a bishop Read more…

Saint George

Saint George, patron saint of England, is also patron saint of a few other places: Georgia; Malta; Gozo; Portugal and Romania. One of the most venerated Saints in the Catholic Church, ‘Georgios’ died on 23 April 303, the day named in his honour. He was born between 275-281 AD, almost certainly born in Lydda, Palestine; or Cappadocia, Turkey; or Silene, a fictional town in Libya…or fictional Beirut. Read more…

Flagging Up Christianity

Flags: We seem obsessed with flags in Northern Ireland today even moreso than 50 plus years ago, flying them on homes, businesses. Lampposts, anywhere, everywhere to express, or assert, an areas National identity and the prevalent religious denomination.

Protestants are British, Roman Catholics are Irish and displaying flags lets visitors and residents know and accept which national identity and religious denomination is dominant in an area. Read more…