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
IN THE CATHEDRAL IN MAY we met BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR
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.
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT OTHER MANX SAINTS through these PODCASTS coming soon :-