Discovering The Manx Saints

Community, Worship, Culture

Last year we rediscovered the heritage of the Manx Saints through a programme of talks and special services

Wherever you go on the Isle of Man, you are surrounded by Saints. Whether walking the hills or hiking the Raad ny Foillan (Road of the Gulls) you’re almost as likely to meet the Saint of a sacred well, an isolated rhullick or keeill, as to see a seagull. The Manx Saints have left their mark on almost everything – hill, stream and farm names, wells, springs, physical features, carved stones, entire villages, even the names of people....

So who are the Manx Saints? And why are they important today?

Answers to these and other questions, plus some surprising facts, were shared in a series of talks and musical presentations based around a celebration Eucharist or Compline, and always involved a time of fellowship with refreshments

Discovering the Manx Saints’ was prepared and presented by the Precentor, the Reverend Ian Faulds


If you want an early example of globetrotting, you can't do much better than explore the story of Brendan the Navigator (also known as Braddan). His search for the Isles of the Blessed is well known and the account of his voyages became an instant 'best-seller' when it was finally published 300 years after his death in 577. Amongst other things, he is said to have 'discovered' America during the course of many years at sea... We celebrated Brendan, complete with sea monsters, sheep, choirs of angels and blacksmiths on the anniversary of his death, Saturday, 16 May In the stained glass window at St John's (pictured), it looks as though Brendan is about to board his boat – but he wouldn't be happy at having been given a Roman tonsure...

The first Saint to return to Peel for the 'summer season' was Sanctan the 'Famous', a seventh century Celtic bishop who managed to combine missionary work in Cumbria and Ireland with founding a church in Man. He certainly looks formidably famous in the commemorative window in the Royal Chapel of St John, but what exactly was he famous for?  If you missed the story last year, don't worry!    Very shortly a podcast will be available here.









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8.30am Eucharist
10.30am Worship with Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong (during term time)


9.00am Morning Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
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9.30am Eucharist (Wednesday and Holy Days)

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You are always welcome in the Cathedral, whether for worship or just to look around, learn more about the history, or perhaps simply to enjoy some quiet time on your own.

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Cathedral Isle Of Man Events

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Gardeners Club

18/02/2019 10:00 - 16:00

An opportunity to get fit and help make a difference. Turn up anytime between 10am and 4pm  

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The Big Table Cafe

18/02/2019 12:00 - 14:00

Share a freshly cooked hot meal with friends old and new - irrespective of your means. Every Monday (except some bank holidays) in the Corrin Hall.

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Common Worship Eucharist

20/02/2019 09:30 - 10:00

Common Worship Eucharist every Wednesday in the choir stalls. Followed by tea and coffee in the servery    

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Caterpillar Club

20/02/2019 10:00 - 11:30

Caterpillar Club.....

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The Big Table Cafe on every Monday

The Big Table Cafe is on in the Corrin Hall every Monday 12 noon to 2pm.  All welcome.

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