Morning Prayer with St Cuthbert

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This is the first of a series of 15-20 minute times of morning prayer to start the day with readings from the psalms, a Gospel, a chapter from Bede’s Life of Cuthbert and some prayers. They are intended to be listened to, and joined in with, rather than watched, but some may find the holy table and the cross, with the trees in the background (and an occasional dog!), a helpful focus.

St Cuthbert is the Anglo-Saxon saint of northern England who lived in the 7th Century. He is renowned for his love of God, people and creation, especially animals, and wandered across the north of England from Lindisfarne and Jarrow to Carlisle and the Lakes as bishop before returning to his life of solitude on the island of Inner Farne, where he died at the age of 53. We don’t know if Bede ever met Cuthbert (he was about 15 when Cuthbert died), but he knew many monks who did, and his stories are drawn from their recollections of him. Both Cuthbert and Bede are buried in Durham Cathedral, one at either end.

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