THE first Christians in Ryedale were probably members of the Roman administration, soldiers and merchants. Christians suffered persecution until 313 when Constantine made Christianity respectable. He had been declared Emperor at York in 306. By the end of the Roman period St Patrick was helping to establish Christianity in Ireland and the church there became one of the sources of faith for the Ryedale area through the work of Oswald, Aidan, Cuthbert and others.
Page prepared by Ryedale Christian Council Autumn 2000. Updated December 2016
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