Saint Cuthbert

"Born about 634, St Cuthbert died on Farne (Northumberland) on 20 March 687. By tradition a shepherd boy, he became monk and later prior at Melrose. After the Synod of Whitby in 664, he became prior …More
"Born about 634, St Cuthbert died on Farne (Northumberland) on 20 March 687. By tradition a shepherd boy, he became monk and later prior at Melrose. After the Synod of Whitby in 664, he became prior of Lindisfarne, and gradually won over the community to Roman customs. Although zealous in preaching the Gospel, he was most deeply attracted to the life of a hermit, and in 676 left the monastery to live in solitude on the island of Inner Farne. For the last two years of his life he served as bishop of Lindisfarne but returned to his island to die. His incorrupt remains were removed from their resting place at Lindisfarne to escape Viking raiders, and on this day were eventually enshrined at Durham, which with Lindisfarne has remained a centre of his cult to this day. He is remembered as the most popular of the Anglo-Saxon saints of Northern England." 4 September marks the feast of the translation of the relics of St Cuthbert; he is now enshrined in Durham Cathedral. This mosaic of the …More