The Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare, County Limerick, Ireland
The Holy Trinity Church in Adare is some 800 years old and has a very interesting history.
Obviously, MB, if it’s that old!!!
Ok lads, enough smart-ass comments for one post. Please.
It was the only branch of the Trinitarian Order in Ireland, founded near Paris in the year of our Lord 1193, with the approval of Pope Innocent III in 1198, whom MB had never previously heard of until he researched this post.
Anyway, and interestingly, the purpose of the Trinitarian Order was to gain the release of captured Christians, who were the victims of pirate raids around the Mediterranian coastline at that time or of Muslim armies during the Crusader wars. The full and more correct name of the Order is The Order of Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives. The Order continues to this day, working amongst oppressed communities in particular.
|Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis et Captivorum|
|Motto||Gloria Tibi Trinitas et Captivis Libertas
(Glory to you O Trinity & Liberty to the Captives)
|Formation||17 December 1198|
|Founder||Saint John of Matha (both Saints John and Felix are seen as the “fathers of the order”)|
|Type||Clerical Religious Order (Institute of Consecrated Life)|
|Purpose||The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the Redemption of Captives|
|Headquarters||Curia General: Via Massimi, 114/c, 00136 Roma, Italia|
|585 (of whom 410 are priests)|
|Fr. Joseph Narlaly|
MB took this shot of the church in Adare village on his recent trip home, Adare being approx 20-minute drive from MBs HX abode: