An inspired missionary, Aidan would walk from one village to another, politely conversing with the people he saw and slowly interesting them in Christianity. According to legend, the king gave Aidan a horse so that he wouldn't have to walk, but Aidan gave the horse to a beggar. By patiently talking to the people on their own level Aidan and his monks slowly restored Christianity to the Northumbrian communities. Aidan also took in twelve English boys to train at the monastery, to ensure that the area's future religious leadership would be English.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Today is the traditional feast day of St. Aidan, missionary Bishop to Northumbria in the seventh century. Here's a traditional story about him that was told by our priest in the sermon at Christ Church this morning: