A new page gathers together all the published morning prayer videos in the series on St Cuthbert. It can be found here. Hopefully this will be of help to those looking to find the next one in the series.
The latest benefice newsletter can now be found here.
Saturday, 28th May, 5pm, Taizé/Celtic Evening Prayer in the Barn, Greenholme, Bewcastle. This is a special service with a difference, held over the weekend of the Forgotten Lands Festival. Seating is on bales of straw or hay, an old church pew, and a few wooden chairs. A 10ft wooden cross hangs from the roof beams at one end. It is informal, part way between outdoors and in. The service is contemplative, the music simple, the words earthy. If you’re not normally a church-goer, come and try it out. Everyone is welcome, especially young people. If you need directions, the postcode is CA6 6PW
New sermon from St Mary’s Stapleton on 19th December, continuing the Christmas theme of the Story of the Incarnation, where God becomes ‘meat’ (in-‘carn’-ated) in order that we can ‘meet’ him in Jesus, his Son, the second person of the Trinity.
An extended morning prayer due to the long narrative detailing Cuthbert’s last few days on earth. There is nothing romantic here. The pain and the suffering are not glorified or exaggerated. There is simply the eye-witness account of those who loved and looked up to him. But the story is harrowing in its detail and awfulness – there are no special privileges just for being a ‘holy man’. Day 37 of morning prayer with St Cuthbert.
At 52 years of age, and after just two years as bishop, Cuthbert’s harsh lifestyle begins to take its toll and he knows the end is approaching. He retires to his beloved Farne Island for his final days, preparing to meet his Lord. A group of monks visit, and for some inexplicable reason, they can’t be bothered to cook the goose Cuthbert gives them for their last meal. The consequences are unexpected… Day 36 of morning prayer with St Cuthbert.
Cuthbert visits a monastery of women on the north bank of the Tyne, where, like Jesus at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, Cuthbert asks for some water, but those around him taste something else… Day 35 of morning prayer with St Cuthbert.