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St Cuthbert

2010 March 20
by Gordon Reid

I said the Ferial Mass of Lent today, with commemoration of St Cuthbert, and prayed for St Cuthbert’s, Hawick, the Episcopal church in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, the town where I was born.
I prayed too for St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church in Colinton, a suburb of Edinburgh, where the late Father Donald Cole was Rector. He was a great priest and an example of the old Scottish Episcopal clergy, totally sound in doctrine, and a lover of life, what would nowadays be called “a life-enhancer”.
The third St Cuthberts I prayed for was the famous Anglo-Catholic shrine, St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens, in London, which has been a bastion of the Faith since the nineteenth century.
I should have prayed for Durham Cathedral and St Cuthbert’s Shrine there, but suspected that my Philadelphian congregation had had quite enough of my reminiscences masquerading as Mass Intentions without any more being added!

Wikepedia says about St Cuthbert: “After the Synod of Whitby Cuthbert seems to have adopted the Roman customs, and his old abbot, Eata, called on him to introduce them at Lindisfarne. This was an ungrateful task, but Cuthbert disarmed opposition with his loving and patient nature.” How unlike so many of the church-emptying clergy of the last century in England and the USA!

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