Kings, Monks and Vikings…

The monastery on Lindisfarne started in the 630’s when Oswald, the new King of Northumbria, keen to establish christianity in his Kingdom brought Aiden from Iona. A few years later, after Aidens death, Columba came to the island as Abbott. Both lived austere lives; indeed Columba lived on his own mini island and later the more remote Farnes. The churches were equally simple.

After Columba’s death the monks became rich. In 793 Lindisfarne became the first place in England to be sacked by the Vikings and by 865 the monks abandoned the island altogether. It wasn’t until the 1080’s they returned to set up a Priory created as a mini-Durham cathedral and later a monastery. But after 150 years the Anglo-Scottish wars started which greatly reduced the monastery size. This finished then Henry V111 decided to dissolve the monastery in 1536 and the building fell to ruin. Only in recent years have the Island’s spiritual roots been rediscovered.

We all have times of growth personally as well as times of difficulty. But I was especially reminded of the persecuted church which 60@60 is all about. In China the church had a number of false starts from the 500’s and in the 1200’s then grew slowly from the late 1800’s. Mao thought he had destroyed the church in the cultural revolution but it expanded rapidly underground to become one of the world’s biggest. Now it is being pressured once again. Persecution is still alive around the world today and our support is needed. But with our help there is hope!

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising £6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

2 thoughts on “Kings, Monks and Vikings…

  1. I thought I’d just left a message but it seems to have disappeared ! Was just saying how good these updates are…full of interesting info, spiritual encouragement and amazing photos. Thanks Ade…think it would be good for all your followers to share these and encourage others to follow too. Trust more and more support will come in to help persecuted brothers and sisters too.


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