AoS Holy Island Pilgrimage

22nd June 2015

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) held our annual pligrimage to Holy Island, Lindisfarne. This year's pilgrimage was led by Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld who is also Bishop Promoter for AoS Scotland.  
                  About 200 people gathered at the beach opposite St Cuthbert's island for the Celtic Prayer at the Beach with prayers and reflections read by Monsignor Ronnie Brown and other pilgrims. The Mass was that of the feast day of St Alban the martyr, and was held in the Anglican church of St Mary the Virgin which was, as usual, packed with pilgrims
                  Bishop Stephen celebrated the Mass with concelebrants, Mgr Ronnie Brown, and Fr David Phillips from the nearby parish of Our Lady & St Cuthbert in Berwick upon Tweed.
                  In his Homily, Bishop Stephen spoke of the founding of the monastery at Lindisfarne by St Aidan, and how St Cuthbert had subsequently become Abbot of the monastery and later Bishop of Lindisfarne. He referred to the large wooden carved statue in the church which records the movement of Cuthbert’s remains after his death.
                  He went on to say that there are important lessons to be learned about Celtic Catholic Christianity especially in light of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si O Mi Signore’ which had been promulgated just two days previously.
                  At the end of Mass, Andrew Smith our Scottish piper friend, played a medley of tunes before leading the recessional procession from church after the congregation had sung ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’.
~ This is an extract from a report by Tony McAvoy, our former port chaplain. Please do read the full text here.

Bishop Stephen Robson AoS Bishop Promoter for Scotland leads the Holy Island Pilgrimage