From its location on an island off the coast of Scotland, the Iona Community has done much to influence the music of the world church, especially in North America. They have done this by providing the music used in their own worship services and by collecting songs from the church on every continent.
Celtic liturgies show the wide-ranging influence of the Irish missionary-monks, who tended to appropriate liturgical elements from all parts of the Greek and Latin churches. The Celtic liturgy emphasizes a strong personal relationship with Christ and with the Trinity.
Patrick (c. 389- c. 461) was a famous Celtic missionary to Ireland. Patrick (or, more correctly, Patricius) was captured at the age of 16 by pirates and was sold into slavery to sheepherders in Northern Ireland.
Columba (c. 521-597) was a renowned Irish Celtic missionary. He was probably born in County Donegal. His father was a member of the reigning family in Ireland and his mother was descended from royalty.