|Picture these sketches zipped together and you have a perfect|
vision of the Priory ruins just beyond the graves at
St. Marys church
The United Kingdom. A trip from Seattle/Glasgow to Lindisfarne (The Holy Island) UK, acrossScotland to the Argylls ending up at the Island of Iona (a thin place).
My husband and I went on a Pilgrimage to explore the roots of Celtic Christianity, the period of time was early 700AD. The Saints we learned about were humble men, monks, who gave up everything to live as Christians. They loved and mentored their parishioners traveling miles by foot to care for their Spiritual needs. They are still honored in Scotland, Northumberland, and by those who study this period of history. Briefly, this was the period prior to Christianity before going the way of Rome.
My interest, of course, was to record what I saw in my sketches. Along the way, I learned to admire, Aiden, Cuthbert, Hilde, Bede (early centuries) and in this century incredible story tellers like Kate Tristram, who wrote a book about the story of Holy Island and incredibly went back to the University in her 80's to study Gaelic and brush up on her Latin! Lillian, also in her eighties, who is a docent at Durham Cathedral, and has shown people like Sting and Princess Margaret around.
Much of this early history would be lost if it weren't for Bede, a great scholar born around 672. He was a teacher, a chronicler of history; wrote a book called Ecclesiatical History of the English people, the story of what happened before his birth. He writes about the monk and bishop Cuthbert (he was fifteen when Cuthbert died). He chronicled the history of Holy Island which includes Aiden, the first monk, and Cuthbert.
I am an artist not a writer. The sketches that follow will have snippets of who, what, when & where, not to mention how difficult it is to paint the color green! Curses!
|Beautiful ancient church on Lindisfarne, |
the home of Aiden and Cuthbert.
The story will continue next week with travels to
Durham, Oban, and Iona.