The Northumbrian Office

I love the Northumbrian Office, and this morning I have been watching videos on the history of the community. I thought I would share this one on how the Office was developed, because it is so interesting that their starting part was the Jewish ‘Shema’ and ‘Vahavta’ from Deuteronomy 6,

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

These videos from the Northumbrian community are so encouraging, especially in the way they come across as so natural and normal rather than super-holy saints. It gives me hope that my vision and passion need not be hampered by my ordinariness!

 

Look to the Rock Whence You are Hewn

I would like to share a sermon preached in the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, in 1887.

The Celtic Mission of Iona and Lindisfarne
http://m.biblestudytools.com/classics/joseph-barber-lightfoot-leaders-in-the-northern-church/mission-iona-lindisfarne.html

It is interesting for historical interest to note that Celtic Christianity was already being re-explored in the Victorian era.

What was the reason for the phenomenal success of the Celtic church? “It was the power of earnest, simple, self-denying lives, pleading with a force which no eloquence of words can command.”

Times have indeed changed, but as the preacher said, “The simplicity, the self-devotion, the prayerfulness, the burning love of Christ, which shone forth in those Celtic missionaries of old, must be your spiritual equipment now.”

Contemplate on these things. How can you weave them into your daily life? They are certainly worth pursuing.

– Simplicity

– Devotion

– Prayerfulness

“Then, when your work is done, and another generation shall have taken your place, it may be that some future Bede will again trace in words of tender and regretful sympathy the undying record of a Christ-like life and work.”