Featured image: Kneeling cushion at All Saints Marazion Church, Cornwall, UK, one of four churches under the charge of Revd Nigel Marns.
Cogitation 17 Thursday 26 April 2018 Christianity came to Cornwall between the fifth and seventh century.
Men and women missionaries from the Celtic lands of Ireland and Wales had a huge impact on Cornwall, according to Nigel Marns in his recently published book, A Cornish Celtic Way (Booths Print, Penryn, Cornwall, 2018).
Marns spent three months developing a guidebook and handbook of a new 125-mile footpath route through Cornwall. The book references 90 Celtic saints related to this Cornish Celtic Way. They left behind granite crosses, chapels, holy wells–plus inspiration to be tapped today.
I am pleased with the inclusion of a personal reflection section in each chapter, a song, a Christian reference, and questions for the reader to ponder. The book deeply informs and guides the modern day pilgrim.
Walking companions this week
As though the walk was not enough activity for the day, we caught the train to Truro to attend a special Evensong service, “The Eucharist on the Feast of George the Martyr, Patron of England.”
The order of service noted that “St George was probably a solider living in Palestine at the beginning of the fourth century. He was martyred at Lydda in about the year 304.”
Further, “Certain saints hold a special place in the Church’s devotion and worship, and on their festival days, the Eucharist is sung as a special celebration of their life and witness. They are men and women through whom the light of Christ has shone, and who renew in us the sense of God’s holiness.”
Return to St Michael’s Mount
While Robert and Emilie toured the castle, Marty and I visited the garden on St Michael’s Mount. We visited the castle a few weeks ago with Dean and Gwen Preheim-Bartel. The Mount has been home or a way-station for Bronze age settlers, monks, pilgrims, soldiers, and since the 17th century the St Aubyn family.
At one time the harbour-side village was home to 300 islanders. Today 30 islanders live on the island.
Unique. Fascinating. Challenging. Gardening on a rock in the middle of the sea isn’t for the faint-hearted, notes The National Trust. The four gardeners “garden on a terrain that would challenge the most agile of mountain goats.”
We loved our visit, walking partway to the Mount along St Michael’s Way. Blessed are the footsteps of the saints who came before.
A prayer for a Saint’s Day
Almighty and everlasting God,
you have kindled the flame of love
in the hearts of the saints.
Grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ever feel like you’re living on the edge of the world? That can be a good, if sometimes lonely, thing. Something more to ponder.
2 thoughts on “In the footsteps of Cornwall’s Celtic saints”
Last time you were able to walk to the Mount during low tide!
My iPad says that a smile always increases your Face Value!
Indeed we did walk the causeway at low tide–no attempt to walk on or in water.