Saint Columba (521 – 597 A.D.) was an Irish missionary credited with spreading Christianity to present-day Scotland. He founded the abbey on the western Isle of Iona, which became one of the most important religious and political places in Scotland for centuries. Columba had a great relationship with the Gaelic warrior kings on and around Iona. His monastery provided education for the Sons of the warrior Kings and he would also later become an advisor and diplomat for the Kings. In return they gave him protection. It was missionaries such as Saint Columba that helped transform the thinking of the Picts and spread the message of Christianity across the country.
Saint Regulus & St Andrew
Saint Andrew was one of the disciples and also the patron saint of Scotland. The story is told that the Christian missionary Saint Regulus (sometimes called St Rule) was told by an Angel in a dream, that for safe keeping, he must take the bones of St Andrew and travel west where he should found a church dedicated to St Andrew.
The most common accounts tell us that Saint Regulus was either shipwrecked or told in another vision by an angel to stop on the shores of western Scotland at the spot called Kilrymont, a Pictish settlement which we now know as St. Andrews, only a few miles from Dundee. Here he was welcomed by the Pictish king, Óengus I
Not too much is known of the meeting between St Regulus and the Pictish King Óengus I. The bones of Saint Andrew where said to have been laid to rest in the site that is now St Andrews cathedral ruins. So the meeting must have went quite positively for Saint Regulus.
In your groups your task is to create a role play that explains what the meeting in St Andrews might have been like, and how Saint Regulus played his part in converting the Pagan Pictish people to Christianity.
To Be successful, your group must;
- Read through the information about the picts and the saints.
- Create a script that explains what the meeting between Saint Regulus and the Pictish King might have been like.
- Give the people in the group a role and act out your script, which your teacher and/or peers may assess.