A group of pilgrims from our parish and Warton have just returned from three days exploring the great saints of the North of England. Our pilgrimage included visits and prayers at-
Heavenfield where St Oswald won the great battle in 633 pivotal in the Christianisation of the Northern kingdom.
Hexham the great Abbey originally founded by St Wilfrid, a strong and passionate saint whose energy built up God’s Kingdom in great churches and abbeys across the land. Here we saw the 7th century crypt built to house holy relics.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a place powerful in prayer for over 1500 years. This was the home of St Aidan and St Cuthbert whose holiness of life and Christ-like example brought about a flourishing of the faith in the 7th century and beyond, indeed their influence is still strong today as we discovered as we celebrated the Eucharist on the site of their Abbey Church.
Jarrow was the seat of one of the country’s greatest minds, St Bede. A historian, a theologian, translator, even scientist, as we discovered St Bede did and continues to shape this country and the world beyond. Here we encountered the stillness of hi 7th century church and explored his life with the help in Bede’s World museum.
Durham cathedral was our final place of pilgrimage, a fitting end as we visited the tombs of St Cuthbert and St Bede, it is believed relics of Aidan and Oswald also reside in the former’s tomb. In silent prayer we commemorated these great men whose prayers and example was almost tangible over or three days together