March 20th is the Feast Day of Saint Cuthbert
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The shrine of Saint Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral
Saint Cuthbert’s Eagle
By the Venerable Bede (Adaped)
Once upon a time, the good Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, went forth from his monastery to preach to the poor. He took with him a young lad as his only attendant. Together they walked along the dusty way. The heat of the noonday sun beat upon their heads, and fatigue overcame them.
“Son,” said Saint Cuthbert, “do you know any one on the road, whom we may ask for food and a place in which to rest?”
“I was just thinking the same thing,” answered the lad, “but I know nobody on the road who will entertain us. Alas! why did we not bring along provisions? How can we proceed on our long journey without them?”
“My son,” answered the saint, “learn to have trust in God, who never will suffer those to perish of hunger who believe in Him.”
Then looking up and seeing an eagle flying in the air, he added, “Do you see the eagle yonder? It is possible for God to feed us by means of this bird.”
While they were talking thus, they came to a river, and, lo! the eagle stood on the bank.
“Son,” said Saint Cuthbert, “run and see what provision God has made for us by his handmaid the bird.”
The lad ran, and found a good-sized fish that the eagle had just caught. This he brought to the saint.
“What have you done?” exclaimed the good man, “why have you not given a part to God’s handmaid? Cut the fish in two pieces, and give her one, as her service well deserves.”
The lad did as he was bidden, and the eagle, taking the half fish in her beak, flew away.
Then entering a neighboring village, Saint Cuthbert gave the other half to a peasant to cook, and while the lad and the villagers feasted, the good saint preached to them the Word of God
(from Good Stories for Great Holidays , by Frances Jenkins Olcott)
Saint Cuthbert fed by an eagle.
The way of Saint Cuthbert, a pilgrimage route from Southern Scotland to the Holy Island, Lindisfarne.
The likely spot of the tomb of Saint Cuthbert at the ruined Priory on Lindisfarne
Saint Cuthbert & Saint Aidan at Saint Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. Cuthbert holds the head of Saint Oswald.
The altar cross in the Chapel of Saint Hilda, Order of the Holy Paraclete