We have reached Cuthbert’s last hours among us. He spends his final, disease-ridden moments lying in the corner of his tiny oratory, opposite the altar. Herefrith is with him, and through the course of the day, coaxes some halting words as a final legacy. He receives the sacraments in the evening, and then releases his spirit. This is a holy death, in peace, pain, and virtual solitude, but with the unseen company of heaven present – Cuthbert is going home. Day 39 of Morning Prayer with St Cuthbert.
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