St Patrick's Memorial Church of Ireland, Saul, Downpatrick, County Down
It’s March already and that means we’ll soon be celebrating St Patrick’s day (17th March).
This quaint little church is known as St Patrick’s Memorial Church, Saul. It was on the site of this church that Patrick built the first Christian Church in Ireland in 432AD. This is reckoned to be the most ancient ecclesiastical site on the island of Ireland, described by historians as the ‘cradle of Irish Christianity.’ It’s a fully functioning Church of Ireland church and when times are normal and not restricted by COVID, services are held here every Sunday. The church would also normally be open daily with visitors welcome to visit and pray.
Saul church is situated just a couple of miles from where St Patrick’s remains are reputed to be buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. Each St Patrick’s day, it is traditional for pilgrims to congregate at Saul church and then walk in procession to the Cathedral for a morning service.