Friday, August 16, 2013

St. Aidan's Feast Day

Aidan of Lindisfarne

Our father among the saints, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Enlightener of Northumbria (?-651), was the founder and first bishop of the monastery on the island of Lindisfarne off the northeast coast of England. A Christian missionary, he is credited with restoring Christianity to Northumbria (Northern England). His feast day is August 31.

An inspired missionary, St. Aidan would walk from one village to another, politely conversing with the people he saw, slowly interesting them in Christianity. According the legend, the king gave Aidan a horse so that he wouldn't have to walk, but Aidan gave the horse to a beggar. By patiently talking to the people on their own level, Aidan and his monks slowly restored Christianity to the Northumbrian communities. Aidan also took in twelve English boys to train at the monastery, to ensure that the area's future religious leadership would be English.

Father Andrew will be arriving on the afternoon of August 31st, and would like to meet with families and take confession with those who are able. Vespers will be at 6 pm.

Sunday, September 1: Canons at 10:10 am, Liturgy at 10:30 am. There will be a potluck picnic to celebrate St. Aidan's Feast Day at Anca and Darrin's home in Silver Springs following liturgy. Call Ellen at 250-489-3246 for directions. A congregational meeting will follow lunch, to discuss the vision and plans for our community.

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