St Cuthbert is reckoned to be the greatest of the Northern Saints, and he is a patron saint of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. In his time on St Cuthbert’s Isle, off the coast of Lindisfarne, he would pray for long hours on the sea shores. He also made rosaries from the fossil crinoids that washed up on the beach, and to this day these crinoids are known at St Cuthbert’s beads. St Cuthbert died in the Inner Farne on 20 March 687.

May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.