​The ancient Celts described Iona as a “thin place”, where the veil between heaven and earth is lifted, and where one might glimpse the divine.

For centuries pilgrims have traveled to this small island off the west coast of Scotland, leaving behind their chaotic lives to rest, reflect and walk in the footsteps of St Columba, the Irish missionary who founded a monastery on Iona in 563AD.

Columba was forced into exile allegedly following a dispute concerning the ownership of a psalter he’d copied in his home county of Donegal. His subsequent missionary work is credited with the spread of Christianity throughout the British Isles.

This month marks the 1450th anniversary of Columba’s arrival on Iona. His feast day is celebrated on 9 June throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

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