Cuthbert (c. 634 – 20 March 687)
Cuthbert was probably from Dunbar at the mouth of the Firth of Forth in what today would be Scotland, but in Northumbria when he was born. As a youth he was a shepherd, but having had a vision of a soul borne to heaven by angels on the night of St. Aiden’s death, he resolved to be a monk and joined the monastery of Melrose in Northumbria. He became a soldier for a short period (he was a cousin of the king of Northumbria) before returning to Melrose. He became famous for his piety, diligence and obedience and as a consequence was assigned to the new monastery at Ripon. He returned to Melrose, and became prior. During this time he was faithful in visiting the people, serving their spiritual need, going on missionary trips (sometimes gone for a month), and performing miracles.
After the Synod of Whitby, he adopted the Roman ways and was asked to introduce them to Lindisfarne, which he did. He continued his missionary journeys from Berwick to Galloway, leading many to Christ, and diligently working with the poor. In 676, he moved into a cave on one of the Farne islands. In 684 he was elected Bishop of Lindisfarne. Reluctantly he went to be consecrated by Archbishop Theodore of York in 685, and was bishop for two years before his death in 687.
Collect: Father, you called Cuthbert from being a shepherd of sheep to being a shepherd of persons. Grant that as he was willing to spread the Gospel in remote and dangerous places, that we too may be willing to proclaim the Gospel in areas of which we might fear and to people of whom we may be afraid. This we ask through Yeshuah haMoshiach, who lives and reigns with you and the Ruach haKodesh, one God in glory everlasting. Amen. (white)