"A Mighty Fortress is Our God
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing..."
...song in the public domain
When visiting Ireland, seeing the churches so much older than our country, I couldn't help but think of this old hymn by Martin Luther...
Not sure of the location of this one - somewhere on the road from Dublin to Westport!
Another from the road - the walls still standing but the roof missing. See the elaborate cross headstones?
St. Kevin's Church at Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains outside Dublin.
Glendalough was established in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. Other priests soon joined him and the location became a monastic settlement. The buildings that survive are from the period between around 900 AD and 1100 AD. It was a fascinating afternoon spent there, among buildings and artifacts over 1,000 years old!
The Round Tower of GlendaloughThis tower still stands perfectly straight - in the 1800s the top was struck by lightning and the stones fell inside the tower. It was reconstructed with the original stones.
Gateway - the massive stone entry way to the sanctuary. It was absolutely amazing to stand under this and realize it was so old and had been standing for over 1000 years!
What is left of one of the monastery buildings...
One of the gravestones inside the monastery walls.
When I see these magnificent pieces of history, still visible after all these years, I cannot help but think about the never-failing love of our Father, strong, and outlasting even these stone walls!
May you always rest in the unfailing love of the Father.
Linking to Spiritual Sundays.