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Isles of Scotland

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A couple of years ago a friend sent me the following email;

I ordered this icon of St Brendan from Fr Aldea in Scotland at the All Saints monastery. I placed it next to my icon of Christ in my home.

It features St Ita, the foster mother of Saints, giving her blessing to St Brendan the Navigator for his journey.. and they are surrounded in the love of Christ.

This icon was my inspiration for starting a response network in Vancouver between Catholic and Orthodox, because we are different, and I don’t believe in ecumenism. At the same time, this icon shows how we can love one another, and serve the poor in the love and unity of Christ.

It is a blueprint for how we can unite in times of persecution, as well as in peace to serve the poor.. in the way that Christ has commanded.

Not in ecumenism, we will leave that to the clergy. But in the brotherhood of Christ and his sacraments, doing his will, and loving one another as laity.

That love may save our lives as well as our souls as the world turns further and further away from Gods love and hates Christ more.

So let us be awake and ready, and have a grass roots network to be able to respond quickly to the needs of all those who yearn earnestly to serve our Lord. - Tim Redford

The Monastery of All Celtic Saints is the first Orthodox Monastery in the Isles of Scotland in over a thousand years.

The Monastery has been running week-long summer pilgrimages to the Celtic Isles since 2015. We have introduced over three hundred people to the holy sites of these amazing Isles and the extraordinary Saints who lived here. Most of our pilgrims come from the United States, Canada and Australia. Please note that these are spiritual pilgrimages, not touristic opportunities. The focus of this experience is prayer and developing a personal relationship with the Saints of the Isles.

We visit some of the most remote and authentic places connected with early Celtic Christianity in the Scottish Isles. Some of these places have been uninhabited for centuries, with no touristic or religious routes linking them to other destinations. The pilgrimages organised by the Monastery are the only way one can visit some of these isles.

Among many other places, we shall get to the Isle of Iona (Iona Abbey, Martyrs’ Bay, the Nunnery, St Oran’s Chapel, the famous Celtic High Crosses, St Columba’s Bay, the Hill of the Turning Back to Ireland, the Marble Quarry and the Machair); the ruins of St Kenneth’s monastery and the ancient hermit cells; St Brendan’s monastery on his uninhabited Isle; and some of the great Celtic Christian places on the Isle of Mull (The Nuns’ Cave, the Carsaig Arches, Kilninian etc). The schedule depends on the weather and the state of the ocean.

We aim to make sure that, once you arrive to Mull, there is nothing else for you to worry about for the entire week. This way, we may focus on the pilgrimage itself, on personal prayer and communion with one another. If you need help with any aspect of the trip to Mull, we are here to advise and help you.

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