Today, March 20th, is the feast day of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Wonder-worker of Britain, a saint who is particularly revered by our little parish. So I present here some information about our beloved Cuthbert:
He was born in c. 634 in Northern England, in the area of the present Scottish Border. Of noble Anglian birth, at the age of eight he was taken in by a foster-mother Kenswith, a widow and nun. Aged seventeen he became a novice at the monastery of Melrose (now in southern Scotland). With other monks he followed his Abbot and moved to Ripon in Yorkshire to start a new monastery. Later he moved back to Melrose and then to Lindisfarne, an island off the north-east coast of England. On small islands nearby, called St. Cuthbert's Isle and Inner Farne, he was to live as a hermit. Visitors noised his holiness abroad and in York on Easter Sunday 685, much against his will, he was consecrated bishop by the Greek St. Theodore of Canterbury and six other bishops. He reposed two years later, aged about fifty-three, on 20 March 687.
Ancient Faith Radio podcast of St Cuthbert
The Orthodox Wiki entry on St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
This link takes you to a longer telling of the tale of St Cuthbert by the Venerable Bede.
An icon of St Cuthbert from Durham Cathedral, England
Kontakion, Tone 1
Having surpassed your brethren in prayers, fasting and vigils, / you were found worthy to entertain an angel in the form of a pilgrim; / and having shown forth with humility as a bright lamp set on high, / you received the gift of working wonders. / And now as you dwell in the Heavenly Kingdom, our righteous Father Cuthbert, / intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.