Another morning with St Cuthbert, another miracle, and another woman healed. Interesting how much the Anglo-Saxon church, and Cuthbert especially, valued women, how many stories are about them, and how often God’s healing power is demonstrated through them.
Day 28 of morning prayer with St Cuthbert. Cuthbert travels to the west coast to visit Carlisle again on episcopal duties. While there he meets up with an old friend, whose island habitation is still named after him.
(Spot the mathematical error in the Gospel reading!)
While Cuthbert is taken on a tourist trip of the Roman ruins of Carlisle, he reels under the disturbance of the air rent by calamitous events elsewhere. Morning prayer and chapter 27 of Bede’s Life of Cuthbert.
However, given the lockdown announcement made by the Government earlier this week, and the increasing rate of coronavirus infections in the Brampton and Longtown areas, we have decided to suspend Sunday Services for the period of the lockdown.
This means there will be no service at Kirklinton on Sunday 10th January, or at Bewcastle on Sunday 24th January as advertised in the parish notices.
We will review the situation as it progresses and in consultation with the Diocese.
As previously, our churches will remain open for private prayer (except for Hethersgill). If you do make use of your local church in this way, please ensure you sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building, maintain safe distancing from anyone you encounter, and touch as little as possible. If someone else is present in the building at the same time, please ensure you wear a face mask.
Please be assured that, although public worship may not be taking place, private prayer remains a daily activity in which everyone is invited to participate.
Day 25 of morning prayer with St Cuthbert. On his return from a meeting with his bishop at his first monastery, Cuthbert is urgently asked to come and bless a house. But that’s not the real reason his presence was requested.