Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Benenden

Daily Scripture & Reflection

19 Nov 2020, 8:15 a.m.
From_the_Vicar Notices

Daily Scripture

‘Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.’ (Ephesians 4:2b,3)

Daily Reflection

In the list of Saints’ days, today (or yesterday) belongs to St Hilda of Whitby. She is a healthy reminder to us that this is not the first age in which women have been powerful leaders. Back in the 600s, she founded the monastery – a mixed community – on the Yorkshire coast and it became significant enough to be chosen as the place for the great Synod of Whitby (664 ad). Hilda, who was abbess at several monasteries, played a key role in bringing together Christians of different cultures (Irish and Anglo-Saxon, monks and clerics, kings and queens) bitterly divided over the date for the vital feast of Easter. Hilda deserves to be honoured for being a peacemaker. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”.

David Harmsworth