Feast of Sts. Edbert and Eadfrith of Lindisfarne (May 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Celtic Cross

SAINT EDBERT (A.K.A. EADBERT) OF LINDISFARNE (DIED 698)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast = May 6

preceded

SAINT EADFRITH OF LINDISFARNE (DIED 721)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast transferred from June 4

St. Edbert, a monk at Lindisfarne, succeeded St. Cuthbert as bishop of that see in 687, serving for eleven years.  St. Edbert was a biblical scholar who gave generously to the poor, tithed to the poor annually, and built churches.  He also developed his interior life, taking a forty-day retreat each year of his episcopate, living as a hermit during those periods.  St. Edbert’s immediate successor was St Eadfrith, of whom we know little.  Some sources state that he was the scribe responsible for illuminated manuscripts of the Lindisfarne Gospels, produced circa 700.

Two virtues everyone requires in various amounts are solitude and beauty.  Peace and quiet can be difficult to find under some circumstances, but we need them to nourish our souls.  Our Lord, perfect as he was, found them to be essential.  So how much more important are they to we mere mortals?  And beauty, although maligned in certain circles, enriches human life.  May each of us listen and look for God in solitude and beauty.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 22, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT DEOGRATIAS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF CARTHAGE

THE FEAST OF JAMES DEKOVEN, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINTS NICHOLAS OWEN, THOMAS GARNET, MARK BARKWORTH, EDWARD OLDCORNE, AND RALPH ASHLEY, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Saints Edbert and Eadfrith of Lindisfarne

and all those who with words and images have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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