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St Aidan of Lindisfarne


St Aidan of Lindisfarne was of Irish descent and a monk of Iona. When Oswald, the exiled king of Northumbria, who had fled for refuge to Iona, returned to his throne in 634, he invited Aidan to come to reconvert his people. He made his headquarters at Lindisfarne and, with aid of the king as his interpreter, he was very successful in his mission. He died in 651.

Leave me alone with God as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God, holy to you.

Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.

Prayer attributed to St. Aidan