DOWN PATRICK

    What a day! Today we went to visit one of the most historic and ancient towns in all of Ireland. Down Patrick is a small town with a population of about 10,000 people and is roughly 21 miles outside of Belfast. This town has a strong connection to Saint Patrick. He was reputed buried there in 461 on Cathedral Hill within the grounds of Down Cathedral. When researching Down Patrick before we arrived, I knew it was going to be a very educational trip but I don’t think any of us really expected it to be so beautiful! God truly is good. Once we arrived at the Church of Saul, we got off the bus and got to take a few pictures, which was definitely a highlight of the day. We found an old cemetery, which was so cool to explore and think about all the history that took place there.  We had quite a bit of fun exploring the grounds and just marveling at God’s beautiful work. 

        Later in the day we got to visit the very first church in Ireland that was established by none other than St. Patrick. To say that it was beautiful would be a complete understatement. The architecture of the building was simply magnificent. Matt Herndon led us in a worship song and ended with the doxology. It was simply breathtaking. For me, it was simply amazing and incredibly freeing to be able to rest in Christ’s love in such a place as this. I never feel closer to my Creator than when I am in Ireland. Don’t ask my why, but for some reason God has just placed a deep connection and love for the people and culture of this gorgeous place. In short, today was magnificent and I can’t wait to see what new things this month has in store for us.