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Saint Columba - The death of St Columba as described by his disciple and biographer, Adamnan



Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

And the Saint, his soul not yet departing, with open eyes upturned, looked round about on either side with wonderful cheerfulness and joy of countenance on seeing the holy Angels coming to meet him. . . . And after this, signifying his holy benediction, breathed forth his spirit.

And it having left the tabernacle of the body, the face remained so ruddy and wonderfully gladdened by the vision of the Angels that it seemed not to be that of one dead, but of one living and sleeping.

The source of the experience

Saint Columba

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant