Sunday – September 29

Everyone made it to the gate and even though the flight was delayed out of Glasgow, all returning pilgrims made it to their connecting flight in Newark. Here are Karen, Rochelle and Luann boarding their flight in Glasgow.


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Saturday – September 28

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Because we had to leave the island before the tide came in, we had a whole day to get to Glasgow, so we made the most of it as we stopped at three of the Border Abbeys:  Jedburgh, Dryburgh, and Melrose.  The consensus is that if we were to choose to be monks in one of these three orders, most would choose to be in the quiet solitude of the Premonstratensian Monks at Dryburgh Abbey, where Sir Walter Scott is buried.  In the midst of these Abbeys, we stopped at Scotts View for what turned out to be a surreal picnic lunch experience.  This gorgeous view was being enjoyed by a group of bikers all dressed in black on their way to London.  Then, Scottish TV personality Tony Robinson showed up with a film crew to do a segment on Cuthbert’s Way. After that, a man all dressed in yellow on a yellow motorcycle showed up just as we started sharing cookies with the public.  He took a biscuit and said, “No one ever says no to a biscuit,” then he drove off.  In the midst of all that, an international group of college students from a branch of Edinburgh University showed up, who were enrolled in the textile research arm of the University based in nearby Galashiels.  It was all like a Fellini movie with all of these different characters showing up one after the other.  We would be in the midst of a conversation and a sandwich, and Tony Robinson’s film crew would say, “Quiet Please,” then they would film a 30-second bit and we’d go back to talking again.

We stopped at Melrose, but did the detour first to the Simply Delicious store for the Orkney ice cream that has become a tradition for our pilgrims.  It was as good as ever if you ask Fr. Marty.  After the long bus ride to Glasgow, we arrived at George Square and the Millennium Hotel for our last night and farewell banquet.  Each pilgrim toasted their prayer partner, and each pilgrim read the collect each had written as they had reflected upon their experience.  Tons of laughter, a few tears, and lots of fellowship.  The group set the date of November 17 at the 9:30am service to celebrate their pilgrimage as a group, since that is the next weekend when all will be in town at the same time.

Everyone went to bed tired but joy-filled.  Please note this will conclude our travel blog daily updates.  We may add some additional photos down the road once we get home.  Love to everyone who helped to make this pilgrimage a reality.

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Friday – September 27, 2013

Each pilgrimage group from Saint Joseph’s has gathered at the St. Cuthbert statue amidst the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory for an outdoor Eucharist, where we specifically pray for all pilgrims from our church who have gone before us to this place, and for all who have made it possible for us to be at this place.  This year’s Eucharist was especially meaningful to the group.

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We cooked up all the “goodies” we had left, and provided a celebration with all our Lindisfarne family:  Andy and Anna Raine with Joel and Martha, and Mary and Mark Fleeson with Callum and Aurian.  We started with a special Shabbat blessing and candle lighting service led by the ladies, and then, after Mark taught us a new blessing in the form of a sung round, we continued with the feast and fellowship.

After the party, all said much-too-hurried goodbyes as we started to pack up for our departure tomorrow morning.

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Thursday – September 26, 2013

The first part of the morning was free for the pilgrims.  Some wrote in journals, a few chose to join Rev. Kate at St. Mary’s for worship, a few went off and reflected on their own, while a couple enjoyed the warmth of the fire at Island House.  The group met Ian at the coach park for our 10:30am departure, as soon as the causeway had opened.  We knew we were on a tight schedule to wait for the tide to turn in order to leave the island, and still arrive at Durham in time for the Eucharist at 12:30pm.




Because of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition, the Durham Council has blocked vehicular access to the Cathedral grounds, so Ian dropped the group off at the bottom of the hill at Market Place, and Fr. Marty led a forced march up the hill to the cathedral.



We arrived in time to gaze open-mouthed at the expanse of the nave of Durham Cathedral as we walked to our seats.  We were soon to discover that today was the annual day when the College of Canons make their required annual Eucharist as a group, so the service was held at the main altar instead of the small Cuthbert’s Chapel.  We told the pilgrims that it was really because of their presence that there was a solemn procession with about thirty clergy in various liturgical dress divided into three groups, each led by a verger.  Our group was invited to sit in the choir stalls where the Durham choirs normally sit, so the choir members of our group now have an additional bullet to add to their musical resumes.  After the Eucharist, we made a short visit to the tomb shrine of St. Cuthbert, then we moved on to the Undercroft café for lunch.  Because of the visit of the canons, the place was abuzz with activity and life, and the food was fresh and good.  After lunch, we met up with Lilian Groves, who has led several of the Durham tours for our youth in the past.  She is an exciting and informative person whom our youth still talk about.  Lilian is also a good friend of Rev. Kate Tristram at Lindisfarne, so the circle of connections continues to draw wider.

At the conclusion of the tour, Lilian took us for a short prayer visit to the Cuthbert Chapel.  There, at St. Cuthbert’s tomb, we paused in silence while Chris Pedic, representing all of us, placed a votive candle at the tomb.  We sang “Create in Me,” with Lilian praying the collect for Saint Cuthbert in between the verses.  It was a special moment.  Then, after posing for a photo with Lilian at the sanctuary ring outside the main door, we had to say a farewell to Lilian that was much too hurried.


Our appointment for the sold-out Lindisfarne Gospels exhibit was at 4pm, and we needed to be queued up at the Library doors ahead of time.


The exhibit was intriguing.  The information was more than anyone could grasp in a single visit, but we made the most of it.  The last room had the Lindisfarne Gospels opened to the Saint John page.  It was amazing to see it just inches away from our eyes behind the leaded glass case.

We marched back down the hill to board the bus for the long trip home.


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and then continued on to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to enjoy a Spanish tapas dinner at La Tasca, and then walk on the Millennium Bridge.


From there is was a 90-minute ride home, so we arrived after the causeway had reopened, and all went quickly to bed just before midnight.


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Wednesday – September 25, 2013

After a very full day on Tuesday, the pilgrims had a leisurely morning for prayer, journaling, and exploring.



The weather had turned cold, windy, and wet, so the weather gear and layered look was in fashion as on Iona.  The group assembled for an early lunch at 11:30am, and we came to a mutual decision to proceed with the hike to Cuthbert’s Cave.  At lunch, we had some reflective time to open the gift from our Iona friends.  As we read the inscriptions in the book they had presented us, we remembered again how special our time was with each of them.  Dan had given a special remembrance to Gay, who chose to share her opening of the gift with us all.  She was very touched by her encounter with Dan, and was now even more so with her gift. IMG_0838

We departed on the coach amidst the rain and wind and cold.


Ian was incredible to remember the back roads to get us there without a hitch, and because we have a smaller coach this year, he was able to drive the bus all the way to the parking lot at the entrance to the trail.  IMG_0841

The rain worsened, and that first hill walking straight into the wind and stiletto rain had some doubting if we would make it.  However, when we reached the top of the first hill and turned to the right, we were out of the direct path of the wind and rain, and the terrain became level and easy.  Many were encouraged when they saw the sign at the top of that first hill, “Cuthbert’s Cave – ¼ mile.”  Fr. Marty brought up the rear of the group, and was surprised when they failed to look up to the left and see the cave before them.  They had just kept walking straight and were already well past the cave.  The shepherd didn’t have a crook to pull them back, but he did have a voice they recognized, so when he shouted, “Hey the cave’s back here!,” they all turned to see their destination right up the short hill in front of them.

We spent some time in silence reflecting on the significance of this spot, enjoying the shelter it now provided us from the weather, and recalling that which is most important in our own spiritual lives which we desire for God to protect.


Then, after a chant of “Bless the Lord, My Soul,” we gave some time for exploring before beginning the trek back to the bus and the trip home.IMG_0893

The rest of the afternoon was left open to dry our wet clothes and bodies, and then settle down for a fun dinner together with Ian. Some learned fancy new napkin folds as an added touch to our table.


All retired early after praying the Cuthbert Compline prayers from the Community of Sts. Aidan and Hilda.  Tomorrow will be the all day adventure to Durham Cathedral and the Lindisfarne Gospel.

LLL, 10 straying sheep and a shepherd

PS — Oh yes, we have forgotten to document the royal presence with us at Stirling Castle the other day:


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Tuesday – September 24, 2013

This morning the pilgrims were free to find God in God’s beautiful creation.  Several walked to the gardens beyond the castle, while others ventured to the north shore to find the “Hut,” a geocaching site built of stones that has become an annual pilgrimage site for our groups. IMG_0695 All remarked how the tall grass and dunes mixed with the sea views were a glorious site to behold.  IMG_0662IMG_0674IMG_0672

Everyone assembled at various times for brunch, and Andy Raine came at noon to lead a session on the Celtic saints.  His ability to put things into a historical timeframe had the group transfixed as he spoke, and Andy interspersed his teaching with poems he has written regarding the sites connected with the spread of Christianity.  Some of the group favorites were Lindisfarne (of course), Iona, Melrose, Tours, Patmos and Durham.

Midway through the afternoon, the pilgrims relocated to the outdoor patio, where Andy led them in a session of dance and movement.  There was much laughter and emotion, and all agreed that, though they were concerned about this prior to experiencing it, it turned out to be a highlight for all.  IMG_0806IMG_0802IMG_0795IMG_0725IMG_0770IMG_0790IMG_0740IMG_0726IMG_0772IMG_0782IMG_0741IMG_0791IMG_0794Following the dance, everyone pitched in to get the early dinner on the table, so that we would be ready for the Skype session with the Nehemiah Retreat participants back at the Duncan Center.  Andy spoke about the Northumbria Community history, the uniqueness of their dispersed community’s vows, and also how he has incorporated hospitality, availability, and vulnerability into his own life. After answering questions from the pilgrims assembled in Lindisfarne as well as the retreatants assembled at the Duncan Center, Andy then talked about the street dance ministry, and how it has impacted the lives of both participants and watchers over the years.  Andy then performed a beautiful version of “God of the Poor,” and later he and Anna did the reconciliation dance that the pilgrims experienced earlier in the day.  IMG_0826Anna gave a beautiful bookend to the session with an opening and closing hymn. 

It was especially fun for the pilgrims to be able to say hi via video Skype to Rev. Wendy, Dede Lewis, Rev. Bernie Pecaro, and several other Nehemiah participants back in Florida. IMG_0834 Several commented that the reality of the amazing technology didn’t really hit them until they saw the faces of those we know back home.  Everyone gathered in their respective places surrounding Andy and Anna either in person or around the video camera, and Archdeacon Hobbs offered a special blessing prayer for them.  Although oceans away, we felt very close to our brothers and sisters back home.

After we said goodbye, Andy and Anna led us in the Tuesday Night Cuthbert Compline prayer, and then gave hugs and goodbyes after a long day.  Since the pilgrims are now halfway through their Lindisfarne experience, we had a team meeting to end the day, both to reflect on our experiences and to go over the agenda for the rest of our time here.  The most difficult part of the discussion seemed to be for the pilgrims to limit their choice to only one favorite high point in their Lindisfarne experience.

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Monday – September 23, 2013

There was an incredible sunrise over Lindisfarne Castle this morning, and as the sun heightened in the sky so too did the spirits of the pilgrims, with another gorgeous day with temperatures around 70 degrees.  Everyone gathered in the sitting room at Coble Cottage, and after an introductory hymn of “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,“ Rev. Kate began her talk, which fascinated everyone.  Without a note in front of her, she told the history and significance of Columbanus, the Irish monk and missionary.  She interwove anecdotes and explanations of Irish monastery life, other Celtic saints like Columba, and the true meaning of “barbarians,” along with some personal hands-on experience she has had with the Lindisfarne Gospels.  This built up great anticipation for the pilgrim journey to Durham Cathedral and the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibit on Thursday.

It seemed like only minutes had passed by, when it was almost 11:45am, and Rev. Kate had to depart for another appointment.  We expressed our gratitude for her sharing of her wisdom, which was both informative and entertaining.  Mary Fleeson, from the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, then arrived to join us for a light lunch (which featured Dee’s famous scones) prior to our workshop with her on Celtic knotwork.  Mary started with simple patterns, and before the session was over, the whole group was drawing complex Celtic trees with knotwork in both the branches and the roots.  She let us borrow her materials to practice in preparation for her follow-up session with us on Friday morning.  The rest of the afternoon was left free for exploring and reflecting.  Most went out to explore the outdoors, especially the beach area close to St. Cuthbert’s Island.  Some went to the bookstore to purchase Rev. Kate’s books on Columbanus and Holy Island.

Later, everyone gathered and assisted with the slicing and dicing and cooking our dinner that we would share with Ian our coach driver and Andy and Anna Raine.  After dinner, we moved over to the sitting room and Anna performed an angelic concert of Celtic music, as she accompanied her voice on the guitar.  We concluded the night with the Northumbria Community’s version of Compline, with Anna leading us in the sung refrains.  There was a beautiful silence when we finished, with everyone seeming to let the quiet allow them to absorb everything we had experienced.

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Sunday – September 22, 2013

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Rev. Kate

Rev. Kate

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Challenge #5 from yesterday was a well-fitted yoke for our pilgrims, as all awoke excited to explore Lindisfarne and Skype home with our Saint Joseph’s family back home. Everyone met at St. Mary’s for the 10:45am service, and we sat right in front of the pulpit in the front rows.  The church was full for Sunday Eucharist, and we were blessed with a beautiful sermon by Rev. Kate Tristram on this Sunday’s Gospel, to which she applied the theme of faithfulness.

After the service, with stunning sunny 70 degree weather, we walked back to the Coble Cottage home to prepare lunch.  Fr. Marty gave directions for the pilgrims to reflect upon prior to our Skype call this afternoon, which would take place around 3pm Lindisfarne time. Based on Rev. Kate’s sermon at the Eucharist, we were to reflect upon completing the phrase, “I have seen God’s faithfulness ________.”

Fr. Marty hurriedly ran out with Dee to the grocery store to supply our kitchen.  The causeway road would be closing mid-afternoon with the tide coming in, so there was little time to spare.  (In talking to our friend who runs the Island Store, we discovered that last evening’s road closures of the main A-1 highway only takes place after 10:00pm at night.)  We all came together around the dining room table for the call to Saint Joseph’s.  An exciting moment – explained to Fr. Marty later on – was that the group was not ignoring his command for everyone to gather at the table for the call.  Rather, they were downstairs trying to help Pat figure out how to get out of the bathroom where she was locked in.  Until Pat was “freed,” they weren’t moving, despite her pleas of “Go, save yourselves, don’t worry about me…”  The story brought a lot of laughter in the retelling after the Skype event.

The Skype call was meaningful for everyone. To hear Rev. Wendy’s voice and the congregation as a whole, we felt our unity as the body of Christ.  After this, since the tide was in, and the quiet beauty of Holy Island was now ours to enjoy, we had decided to take a walk together, when Andy Raine popped in for a visit.  After a chat and coffee, Andy agreed to join us – and consequently, lead us – on a walk about town.  He showed us how the lookout (dedicated by Prince Charles when the youth were here last year) is now open to the public.  He also showed us a special place (that Fr. Marty had never seen) that is reached through a narrow path along the water, where there are prayer hollows – protected indentations on the cliffs overlooking St. Cuthbert’s island where one can sit for prayer and reflection.  As we continued on, we had been remarking how wonderful Rev. Kate’s sermon was and how special it would be if we could get her to join us for a chat at some point, when lo and behold, there she was walking towards us to go down to St. Mary’s to lead evening prayer.  (Rev. Paul, the vicar of St. Mary’s, had taken ill during the service and Rev. Kate had to take over.  Remember Rev. Paul in prayer, as he was ambulanced off the island to the hospital.)  Rev. Kate agreed to join us tomorrow morning for a chat about the Celtic saints, a topic she knows a little about (she is one of the world’s experts on the Celtic saints, especially Columbanus, about whom she has written the authoritative book.)

Everyone pitched in to prepare dinner. Andy Raine and his son Joel accepted our invitation to join us.  Anna (wife) and daughter Martha needed to stay home so that Martha could get prepared for school this week.  (Because of the tide schedule, the school students will be boarding off island for three nights this week.)  It was great for Fr. Marty to reunite with Joel, and share stories and updates about our youth that became such good friends with him and Anna last July.  It was especially a great connection that four of the youth whom Joel met are represented on this pilgrimage:  Becca and Matt’s grandmother Gay is here, Madison’s mom Luann is here, and Maggie’s mom Karen is here.

We had a great meal gathered around the big table where we had skyped with St. Joseph’s earlier.  Andy updated us on his latest projects, and, as a teaser for our Tuesday session, he prayed and sang a liturgical dance to John Michael Talbott’s “Create in Me.”  With the time growing late, we gathered our journals and Andy joined us for Compline prayers.  After a reprise of last year’s youth pilgrim “theme song” Lay Down My Dear Sisters, we all headed to our respective places for a night’s rest.

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Charlene Storm

We awoke this morning to the sad news of the death of our beloved Charlene Storm, who passed away on Sunday with Doug and Kathy by her side.  Char had recently relocated to the Longwood area near Orlando, Florida, where she could be closer to her family.  She was under hospice care in her final days.  Charlene served her God with humor and quiet passion at several churches, and we were blessed to have her as a companion at St. Joseph’s for many years.  Over the years, she was a faithful member of the altar guild, a weekly office volunteer, money counter, member of the Daughters of the King, sent out the birthday cards every week for our Children’s Ministry, a loyal sous chef for the Italian dinners, and was the most loyal Florida Marlins fan ever.

The sunrise here in Lindisfarne was especially brilliant this morning, perhaps because the light of another saint rises this morning with the sun.

Farewell dear Char.  We love you and we will miss you.

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Saturday – September 21

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A pilgrimage, defined in many different ways throughout the centuries, has been defined by some as a “long and difficult journey to a site of religious significance for the purposes of spiritual growth.”  If there would be a picture in the dictionary next to that definition, you would see a photo of this group next to it as an illustration.

Saturday began with breakfast, then packing up the van, hugs and tear-filled goodbyes to our Iona hosts, and then preparing for the walk to Columba’s Bay.  Challenge #1:  Unfortunately, the grass, extremely wet from all the week’s rain, wouldn’t allow for the van’s tires to get enough traction to make it up the wee hill to turn around.  After some anxious moments,  John and Chris came to the rescue and helped Marty to maneuver the van back and forth until it lodged itself loose enough to make it up to the road.  John and Rachel were  gracious to give a ride to some of the group who were feeling a bit challenged from the week’s physical demands.  After the 1 mile walk (okay, Pat’s pedometer says it’s 1.4 miles) we arrived at the ferry landing with time to spare, and Mark was there with Anya and Freya preparing the boat for another excursion, so we were able to greet them one more time.  Challenge #2: The ferry arrived, and Fr. Marty was all set to drive the van onto the ferry when the ferry employee motioned for him to turn around on the dock and back the luggage van onto the ferry.  They don’t teach you this in seminary.  With lots of prayer and Dee having her eyes closed, we maneuvered the van onto the ferry, and the foot passengers followed for the short trip across the sound of Iona to Fionnphort on Mull.  The dolphins did a little synchronized swimming in the sound as our send off.

Challenge #3: The roller coast ride across Mull then ensued, with Fr. Marty in the van with Dee (eyes opened this time) and the rest on the Bowman’s Bus for the 36-mile drive to the east coast of Mull at Craignure.  All arrived without incident to board the big ferry for the ride across to Oban on the west coast of Scotland.  On the Craignure-Oban ferry, the group settled in a corner of the dining room.  Some enjoyed the sandwiches packed for the trip, while others chose to indulge in the ship restaurant’s local delicacies.  Upon arrival at Oban, there was Ian with the coach ready to go.  Both van and coach passengers met up at St. Conan’s, about a 30 minute drive east of Oban, for a short tour of the church (built by a son for his mother so she didn’t have to go so far to church).  We conducted a short service in the apse, beginning with “Seek Ye First.”  The group was amazed at how good they sounded singing in this acoustically perfect place.  Then, after a short reading from a poem about a monk traveling from Iona to Lindisfarne, we picked a rock out of a bag.  Each rock is labeled with a pilgrim’s name, and we will now carry that pilgrim’s burden for them, becoming an anonymous  prayer partner for them for the rest of our pilgrimage.

Continuing on, after a rest stop at the Green Welly, we continued on through the beautiful countryside.  Since the tides at Lindisfarne would not allow us to cross over until 9:00pm, we planned a stop at Stirling Castle.  The pilgrims were free to roam this enormous site, important for its historical connections to Scottish history.  Then, we moved on to our dinner stop at Ocean Terminal, which was right on our route.  Karen MacCormick had been kind enough to make the arrangements for our group to eat at the Handmade Hamburger Company.  Ian and Marty remembered last summer’s pilgrimage group, who stopped at this same place last year on our way to Lindisfarne.  Angela, one of the workers, had agreed to wait on our group at table, rather than everyone going up to the counter.  This was a gift, and all enjoyed the multitudinous versions of burgers and salads offered.

Challenge #4:  Now it was time for the final 90-minute journey to Lindisfarne.  We’ve done this before – it’s an easy drive – straight down the A-1.  Easy, that is, unless there are unannounced road closures.  We were detoured off the highway onto a small country road that winded around for miles.  Ian found an alternate turn off road (a one-way road like Mull).  The GPS now said we would arrive at 11:00pm.  Then, there was another detour from the detour.  Then, another blocked road with a detour from the detour from the detour.  Thanks be to God for Ian, who figured out somehow how to get us as far south as Lindisfarne on the side roads so that when we came back to A-1, we would just cross over onto the Lindisfarne causeway road.  We arrived at Lindisfarne, and after figuring out where Coble Cottage was located, everyone pitched in and carried and sorted all the food into the upstairs kitchen.

It was about 12:30am by the time we collapsed onto the couches to thank God for finally arriving and safely arriving.  We said goodnight to those staying at Coble Cottage (Barbara, Gail, Chris, Karen, Luann and Gay), and Fr. Marty drove the rest of the luggage up to the Island House, where the remainder of the group is staying (Marty, Dee, Pat, Joan and Rochelle).  We opened the windows at Island House to hear the sounds of the seals singing in the nearby water.

Challenge #5:  we’ll see if they can wake up in time for Eucharist at St. Mary’s on Sunday morning.

While nowhere close to the early days when pilgrims braved the elements and walked for days in the wind, rain, and cold, our 2013 pilgrims received at least a sample of what such an intentional journey is like.

LLL   10 dames and a driver

FYI: If you are reading this blog prior to the 9:30am service on Sunday morning, it means we have Wi-Fi connection at Coble Cottage and WILL be attempting to Skype to the congregation during the 9:30am service at St. Joseph’s.

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