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Monday, 31 August 2015

31st August - Aidan of Lindisfarne

Aidan of Lindisfarne, d651

Aidan, apostle of Northumbria, Irish monk and missionary who restored Christianity to Northumbria. He founded a monastic cathedral on Lindisfarne, served as its first bishop, and travelled throughout the countryside spreading the gospel to the great and good, the poor and the not so good. Aidan was responsible for the construction of churches, monasteries and schools and gained a reputation for his charity and dedication to the poor, shown through his provision of room, board and education to orphans and buying freedom for slaves. 

Aidan's Prayer
God is within
God in my head and in my thinking
God in my eyes and in my seeing
God in my mouth and in my speaking
God in my heart and in my loving
God in my hands and in each action
God in my feet and on each journey
God within me and without me
God in the heart of friend and stranger
God in the other who comes to me.