Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Wednesday 28th September
Question:    Where do you think these cars are going?
Answer:   To St Oswald's church.  And yes, the only access is across this field.  And no, there's no electricity so there were some candles lit for the service with which we began our quarterly meeting ("Chapter") of local clergy.
     The site is called "Heavenfield" because it was here that King Oswald is thought to have raised a large cross and called his troops to pray before the battle in 633 A.D.  His victory gave him influence over Northumbria where he facilitated the re-establishment of Celtic Christianity.  It's sobering to realise that that was nearly fourteen hundred years ago.  The church building is much more recent, but the landscape far older.  Today it was rather misty after a warm day:

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