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Saints

Commemorated on March 20th

Saint Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne

St Cuthbert was born in Britain about the year 635 AD, and in his youth became a monk at the monastery of Melrose by the River Tweed. After `many years of struggle, as a true priest of Christ, in the service both of his own brethren and of the neglected Christians of isolated country villages, he became a solitary on Farne Island in 676 AD. After eight years as a hermit, he was constrained to leave his quiet to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, in which office he served for almost two years. He returned to his hermitage two months before he reposed in peace in 687.

Because of the miracles he wrought both during his life and at his tomb after his death, he is called the "Wonderworker of Britain". The English people honoured him, and kings were both benefactors to his shrine and suppliants of his prayers. Eleven years after his death, his holy relics were revealed to be incorrupt; when his body was translated from Lindisfarne to Durham Cathedral in August of 1104 AD, his body was still found to be untouched by decay, giving off "an odour of sweetest flagrancy", and "from the flexibility of its joints representing a person asleep rather than dead". Finally, when the most impious Henry VIII desecrated his shrine, opening it to despoil it of its valuables, the Saint's body was again found incorrupt, and was buried in 1542 AD. It is believed that after this the holy relics of St Cuthbert were hidden to preserve them from further desecration.

Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)

While still in your youth you laid aside all worldly care and took up the sweet yoke of Christ, O godly-minded Cuthbert, and you was shown forth in truth to be nobly radiant in the grace of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, God established you as a rule of faith and shepherd of His rational flock, O converser with Angels and intercessor for men.

Kontakion (First Tone)

Having surpassed your brethren in prayers, fasting, and vigils, you was found worthy to entertain a pilgrim-angel; and having shone forth with humility as a bright lamp set on high, you received the gift of wonderworking. Now as you dwell in the heavenly Kingdom, O our righteous Father Cuthbert, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.