Evening Prayer: Saint Cuthbert 2014

Untitled-1I live near the small Northumbrian town of Chester-Le-Street. Back in 883AD the monks who were protecting the body of Cuthbert were given a church in the town and the saint rested there for nigh on two hundred years before moving briefly to Ripon and then finally finding long term sanctuary at Durham Cathedral. Unfortunately, the present parish church of Chester-Le-Street, although ancient and containing an anchorite's cell, has been completely taken over by fervent, family service, worship group, Alpha Course, church planting evangelicals who have absolutely no inclination to give Cuthbert the proper respect he is due. You wouldn't guess that Chester-Le-Street was such an important Christian site in the history of my nation if you visited the town. To be honest it is a disgrace as well as being the missing of an opportunity of bringing some much needed tourist income and some joyfulness to this poor, drab northern town. However, I have tried my best, in the cobbling together of a rather fine evensong, to celebrate the feast of Saint Cuthbert near his place of temporary repose with the reverence due to him. Click on the link below to stream or download the service. As usual the music is interesting and enjoyable. This time it is a mixture of folk music and ecclesiastical compositions. I am confident that regular members of the Saint Laika congregation will enjoy it thoroughly.

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