Celtic Church

The Church of Armagh, or the Celtic Church, is the branch of Christianity which arose following the missionary work of the Welsh “Desert Fathers,” of Patrick to Ireland, and of Columba to Iona and Dál Riata. It gained a foothold in England through the Kingdom of Bernicia under Oswald, and by extension to Mercia and beyond, but was dealt a serious blow in its mission to the Saxons and Angles when in 664, at the Council of Whitby, King Oswiu reluctantly renounced his allegiance to it in favor of the Roman Rite under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury (who was at that time lying ill in Rome and sent legates under the authority of Agilbert of Dorchester in his stead).

Celtic Church

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