Christianity in America before Columbus
Christianity in the United States predates the arrival of Christopher Columbus!
Archaeological research shows that Ogam was widely used in many parts of the ancient world. It also occurs on Celtic coins issued in Gaul in the second century before Christ, some hundreds of years before the earliest known Irish Ogam inscriptions. The Irish Ogam has symbol called by scholars "The Incarnation Initial," Irish monastic records state that during the reign of Pope Pelagius (555—561), an Irish ecclesiastic named St. Brendan (Brennain) made two voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, discovering a land far to the west, identified by some historians as North America. Apparently in pursuit of converts.
In Monroe County in West Virginia we find Ogam texts from the 500’s that to this day are the longest Ogam inscriptions recorded from anywhere in the world. They exhibit the grammar and vocabulary of Old Irish in a manner previously unknown in such early rock-cut inscriptions in any Celtic language.
These texts include:
“At the time of sunrise, a ray grazes the notch on the left side on Christmas Day, a Feast day of the church the first season of the year, the season of the blessed advent of the savior Lord Christ. Behold he is born of Mary, a woman.”Also we find:
“A happy season is Christmas a time of joy and goodwill to all people. Behold the Virgin is with child, God ordained her to conceive and be fruitful. Ah behold a miracle. She gave birth in a cave, the name of the cave was the Cave of Bethlehem, His foster father gave Him the name Jesus the Christ, Alpha and Omega, The Festive season of prayer.”
Other Ogam inscriptions have been found in Mingo County, West Virginia which date back to the eighth to twelfth centuries.