The ministry of Jesus Christ has expanded drastically to reach many parts of the world from present-day Israel. The works of the early missionaries are found in the books of Acts in the Bible. After the adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire, the religion spread from the Mediterranean into Gaul (France) before finally reaching Ireland around late 300s.
The Missionary Work To Ireland
Palladius was the first ever recorded missionary to Ireland. The Pope sent him to be the bishop to the Irish believers of Christ. Some schools of thought have it that the mission work of Palladius was highly successful especially in Laigin (Leinster). He was believed to have set up some churches in Ireland after coming to Ireland around the year 431.
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St. Patrick remains the most popular missionary to Ireland. Though his missionary works has a lot of works to show for it, some historians believed St. Patrick’s missions were overhyped by Patrick’s monastery located at Armagh in their drive to have control over other churches in Ireland. “The Cult of Patrick” Armagh became popular afterwards and even seen to be more important and superior to other missionary works of past visitors. Patrick focused his missionary activities in the northeast of Ireland. His first church is located at Downpatrick in the present day Irish nation.One of his major methods to convert others is to Christianize the predominant Celtic pagan festivals. He was popularly believed to have used the 3-leaved Shamrock to teach the principle of the Trinity in the Christian faith. St. Patrick died in Ireland and believed to be buried in Downpatrick. The spot which was marked in 1901 currently serves as a tourist site for visitors.
The Growth Of Monastery
During the 400s churches in their hundreds were set up by different missionaries including St. Patrick. As the Irish churches mature, monasteries were established. The monasteries which were designed to initially be a retreat location turns out to become influencial institutions attracting wealth people and kings in the society. Some of the monasteries originate from St.Patrick and St. Colum Cille.
The Unpopularity Of Romanism In Ireland
After the arrival of the Roman missionaries in southern England, a disagreement ensued between the Roman church and the Celtic church over what practices to follow. The resolution held in 664 at the Synod of Whitby which favored Roman practices for the church in Ireland was however met stiff resistance by the Celtic church on the changes to be made. This did help the growth of the Roman church in Ireland making Romanism of less impact in Ireland.
The Future Of The Church In Ireland
In recent times, the church in Ireland has faced May criticism especially where many priests are found to have sexually abused some children. There are serious thoughts whether the union of the church institution and state should be reconsidered. The church is not seen to be only a religious entity but also an organization that wields much human and civil control and power. For the many troubles of late on issues concerning the church in Ireland, there is the need for a reform and to restructure the systemic failures within to help improve the failing structures.