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The Lindisfarne Gospels is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic art. It is remarkable for its intricate designs, glowing colours and consummate workmanship. But we also see its amazing survival - intact - over the centuries as a greatly respected link with the beginnings of Christianity in the West. Scholars have taken a keen interest in this volume over the years and many Christians continue to see the work as a holy relic and cult object. Even without faith, many people see such witnesses to the past as valuable clues to their identities.

How can we understand what motivated Cuthbert and Eadfrith? Today we still celebrate people who embody beliefs, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. We also respect movements and charities to help those in need. Cuthbert stood for something similar - providing aid, hope and working for social justice. For him feeding the body was not enough. What mattered was feeding the spirit and achieving unity with all Creation.

The Lindisfarne Gospels remains an eloquent testimony to such aspirations.

 



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