St. Aidan, monk and Bishop of Lindisfarne

January 21, 2013

The gospel first came to the northern English in 627, when King Edwin of Northumbria was converted by a mission from Canterbury led by Bishop Paulinus, who established his see at York. Edwin’s death in battle in 632 was followed by a severe pagan reaction. A year later, Edwin’s exiled nephew Oswald gained the kingdom and proceeded at once to restore the Christian mission.

During his exile, Oswald had lived at Columba’s monastery of Iona, where he had been converted and baptized. Hence he sent to Iona, rather than to Canterbury, for missionaries. The head of the new mission was a gentle monk named Aidan (d. 651), who centered his work, not at York, but in imitation of his home monastery, on Lindisfarne, an island off the northeast coast of England. With his fellow monks and the twelve English boys he trained to be future ecclesiastical leaders, Aidan restored Christianity in Northumbria and extended the mission through the midlands.

Bede gave this account: “…the highest recommendation of his teaching to all was that he and his followers lived as they taught… all who walked with him, whether monks or lay-folk, were required to meditate, that is, either to read the scriptures or to learn the Psalms. This was their daily occupation wherever they went…”

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Aidan. We humbly beseech You to stir within Justin Welby and the leaders of the Church of England a desire to read, meditate upon, and learn Holy Scripture. Amen.

Hat tip: SF


Ephesians 4:11-13

January 21, 2013

And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
      Jesus, appoint and send forth into every corner of the diocese apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers so that we are all equipped for the work of ministry and for the edifying of your whole body.

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, (Ephesians 4:13a)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity in our faith in Jesus and our knowledge of him.

to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (Ephesians 4:13b)
      Father, bring us to the maturity/perfection you desire for us so that we grow into the full stature of Christ.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23; Eph. 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isa. 44:9-20; Eph. 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Subject: Quote…
      “Saints are men who permit God’s forgiveness to come into them so fully that not only are their sins washed out, but also their very selves, their egos, and the root of their self-will. And again we see, the intensity of their power really to forgive is in exact proportion to the degree that they have permitted themselves to be forgiven and so brought back to God.” ~Unknown
      Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


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