IN02 Celtic Spirit Rising
The Celtic Saints mission to bring Christianity to the people of Britain and Ireland incorporated and celebrated with
passion much of the spirituality of the pagan tradition. This included the ‘baptising’ of holy wells, the belief in the
afterlife, and the emphasis on humanity’s oneness with nature. The conversion came from a genuine change of religious perceptions, rather than a brutal clash of faiths and cultures. This is expressed in the form of the Celtic cross, which evolved from the ancient symbol of the divine sun wheel.
It is believed by many that Jesus came to Glastonbury as a child with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea and there built the first Christian church.