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Parish Pilgrimage to Northumberland: 28 Aug - 01 Sep 2010

Maria Whitehouse writes: "This is a chance to explore the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and visit the land of the great Northern Saints - Aidan, Bede, Cuthbert and Wilfrid.

St Aidan came from the Irish foundation of Iona off the west coast of Scotland to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to evangelise the peoples of northern England, at the request of King Oswald, in the 630's.

St Wilfrid, as well as being abbot in Ripon and Hexham, abbot and bishop of Lindisfarne, travelled to Rome three times, and attended the important Synod of Whitby. During a short forced exile in Sussex, established Christianity here in the 680's.

We'll stay at Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Durham. The retreat house is set in 90 acres of lawns, parkland and woodland. It has about 35 bedrooms, both single and twin. (The rooms are not en-suite). There is a dining room, sitting rooms, kitchen for tea and coffee, licensed bar and a book shop. The Chapel and Church are in the main house for morning and evening prayer, daily Mass and the rosary.

Cost - 245, to include all transport from Chichester by coach and in Northumberland. Full board from Saturday evening to Wednesday a.m. (See Minsteracres for details of the accommodation). Reduction for under 21's.

Proposed itinerary:
Saturday, 28th Aug - Travel from Chichester to Minsteracres, stopping enroute, e.g. York.
Sunday, 29th Aug. - Mass, lunch at Minsteracres, afternoon to Bede's World Museum/Bede's monastic church of St Paul's and Jarrow monastery remains.
Monday: 30th Aug. - Lindisfarne (Holy Island) Walkers can be dropped off on the mainland to walk four km across the causeway, (dry daytime), then round the island (about eight km). Remains of monastery, castle, shops, cafes etc to explore in village. Also small Catholic Church.
Tuesday: 31st Aug.- Hexham Abbey and Hadrian's Wall.
Wednesday: lst Sep. - return to Chichester, stopping at Durham to visit Cathedral.

Places to be visited

Bede's World, an award winning museum of Anglo Saxon life and early monasticism, located next to the remains of Jarrow monastery on the south bank of the Tyne. St Bede was one of the greatest scholars of the age and spent most of his life at Jarrow, writing over 40 books of biblical commentary, history and science.The museum is a candidate for World Heritage site status. (See bedesworld).

St Paul's is the parish church dating from Bede's time, and is set by the monastic ruins.

Bede's World has recreated Anglo Saxon buildings and a farm, with a new museum building.

The museum records northern Christian life in the early centuries of the first millenium.

Durham Cathedral: a Benedictine foundation from 1093, built to house the relics of St Cuthbert. One of England's greatest Norman buildings and a World Heritage Site.

The tomb of St Bede is in the Galilee Chapel.

Hexham: The abbey was founded by St Wilfrid in 674 and the town is a few miles from Hadrian's Wall (which is to be visited), in the Northumbrian hills

Lindisfarne (Holy Island): off the coast of Northumberland, linked by a causeway which floods twice a day, The first monastery was founded in Northern England by monks from Iona. St Cuthbert lived here for many years, successively as prior, hermit, then bishop, then hermit again."

There will be a briefing presentation in the lower Parish Room on Sunday 31st January at 4 p.m. Contact: organiser, Mrs. Maria Whitehouse, at the briefing or c/o parish office

St Bede on the Apocalypse:

"Christ is the Morning Star who,

when the night of this world is past,

brings to his saints

the promise of the light of life

and opens everlasting day".