Missions and mission hymnody, Britain and Ireland
The idea of ‘Mission’ is as old as the church itself. One of the last commands of our Lord was to the disciples: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’ (Mark 16: 15), and the events of the first Pentecost (Acts 2) were those of inspiration followed by preaching and healing. Since that time, it has always been a priority of the church to spread the gospel to places where it has not been heard. St Patrick became the apostle of Ireland, and St Columba* sailed from there to establish the monastery at Iona, from which came the missionaries who converted parts of Scotland and Northumbria, notably St Mungo in Strathclyde and St Aidan in the north of England. Missionary...
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