65 fabulous photographs of the Feast of St. Columba celebrations in Derry

Derry honoured its patron, Saint Columba, with a series of commemorations and celebrations on Sunday.

Parishioners of the Long Tower gathered at the ancient bullaun stone and shrine to St. Columba outside the church prior to a Mass celebrated by Bishop Dónal McKeown.

This was followed by a short procession down to the Bogside led by St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band for the annual blessing of St. Columb's Wells.

There were then refreshments and a traditional music session in the Lower Long Tower Primary School Hall.

Later in the day ministers and priests from the city’s Protestant and Catholic churches gathered in prayer at 4pm in the grounds of St. Augustine’s Church of Ireland, followed by a short service led by Bishop McKeown.

The Venerable Robert Miller, Archdeacon of Derry, The Very Rev’d Raymod Stewart, Dean of St Columb’s Cathedral, Rev’d Ross Kernohan, Rev’d Colin Jones, Rev’d Peter Morris, Rev’d Father Gerard Mongan, and Rev’d Nigel Cairns.

The service incorporated a choral version of the 6th century prayer attributed to St. Columba - ‘Alone with none but Thee My Lord, I journey on my way.’

Members of the various church choirs combined to lead the singing and excerpts from an ancient poem known as the Amra Cholmcille or Dallan’s Eulogy was also read.

The elegy is a poem of praise, thought to have been chanted in veneration of the saint and incorporated into a Medieval pilgrim or penitential rite.

St. Augustine’s has been identified by archaeologists as the site where Columba founded his first church, Dubh Regles, on an island hill thick with oak.

It is also mid-way point on a pilgrim pathway that links what may be two fossilised medieval trackways leading onto the Long Tower precinct.

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