Lenten Prayer with St Cuthbert – Day 7

Abbot Eata took Cuthbert and some of the other monks from Melrose south, to the newly-built monastery at Ripon, leaving Boisil in charge. at Melrose At this stage they were still following the Irish monastic tradition, rather than the Roman (that was to change after the Synod of Whitby in 664). Cuthbert is given the role of guestmaster, the public face of the monastery. The practices of hospitality related in the story are humbling in the way they are taken for granted by Bede. But on one particular occasion a young guest turns out to something unexpected.

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