Monthly Archives: May 2014

The never-ending story

During this course on Celtic Spirituality I learned a new and important word: perigrinatio. In the time of Aidan and Cuthbert, some monks would from be called by God to undertake a special kind of pilgrimage. This perigrinatio, as it … Continue reading

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Holy Island Day 3: No horse, of course

There is a story about St. Aidan that we have heard several times this week. After leaving Iona in Scotland to found the abby at Lindisfarne, he spent a great deal of time walking the countryside. He took no knife … Continue reading

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Holy Island Day 4: Bishops and saints

Today was bookended with worship at St. Mary’s Church. I went to three services: morning prayer (7:30), communion (8:00) and evening prayer (5:30). Unlike the other services I have been to this week, the two morning services were crowded with … Continue reading

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Holy Island Day 2: Unexpected lessons

When I registered for this course, I assumed it would be in the usual seminary style with lecture sessions led by a learned professor. I could not have been more wrong. On our first evening, we were treated to a … Continue reading

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Holy Island: The Gospel Garden

My first morning on the island dawned sunny and cool. I needed breakfast, and found the post office. At home that wouldn’t help, but here it was perfect. The post office is not just a place to mail letters; it … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 7, Part 2: His eye is on the sparrow

Having walked across the sands and up onto the road, I discovered a madhouse. There were dozens of cars, jam-packed into a car park, with hoards of people streaming onto the road into the village. For a place with a … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 7: I’ve got rhythm

For everything there is a season: a time for sun and a time for rain, a time for solitude and a time for community, a time for walking and a time for falling down…. Today I was ready to be … Continue reading

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