Each year, on St Oswald’s Day, those of us who can, make a pilgrimage to Heavenfield, Northumberland. It is in the good ground of Heavenfield that Oswald planted a wooden cross as a waymark. Oswald had returned to Northumbria, the land of his heritage, to reclaim the throne and crown by battle. His wish was to put an end to the years of fighting and division so that his people might live. On the eve of the battle, Oswald and his companions knelt together at the the turn of the road, at the foot of the cross, and prayed. The battle that followed was decisive, Oswald was victorious, and Northumbria was united under his Kingship.
THIS YEAR, AS LAST YEAR, YOU CAN JOIN IN LOCALLY OR AS PART OF THE DISPERSED NETWORK.
JOIN IN LOCALLY – Heavenfield Pilgrimages on 5th and/or 6th August 2022, celebrating St Oswald, King of Northumbria
For those able to join in person on 5th August (St Oswald’s Day), we will be meeting at 11am at St Oswald’s in Lee Church, Wall, Hexham, Northumberland, UK – see map below.
We’ll probably leave late afternoon.
YOU’LL NEED TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH.
(Remember that there’s no actual toilets actually on-site, either, so you may want to call in somewhere en route.)
BRING INSTRUMENTS, FRIENDS AND WE’LL EXPLORE THE OSWALD STORY IN SONG, IN LITURGY, IN CONTEXT, IN A RELAXED SITUATION.
(It’s advisable to open the gate from the military road and drive up the field to park facing the wall around the churchyard so as not to clog up the lay-by)
If you want to come, but need a lift from somewhere, contact Andy in advance -email@example.com or on 07864 266750.
Annual pilgrimage ‘walk’ [think dawdle!] from Hexham Abbey. Saturday 6th.
This is quite a different event, though still lovely, and starts at Hexham Abbey at 11.15 am for a short service and then a walk to St John Lee Church for a second short service and lunch, arriving there at about 12.45 pm. Please bring your own picnic. Drinks and facilities are provided. We then walk to St Oswald’s Church, Heavenfield arriving at around 4.00 pm. for tea and cakes. We walk slowly and stop frequently so do not be afraid to join us. All are welcome and lifts can be provided if needed.’
JOIN IN ACROSS THE DISPERSED NETWORK
As a dispersed, network Community, it is not possible for us to gather together under one roof, so we are pleased to offer you a few ways to join in which include some special treasures from our archives – old and new – as well as a livestream on 5th August, available from around 11.30am on the day
You can download a copy of the Oswald Liturgy below, or find it on page 277 of Celtic Daily Prayer, Book One
From the archives – St Oswald’s Day
There are a whole host of joining in activities from the archives, which we first gathered together last year and which you can find by clicking below.
NEW FOR 2022
I Place into Your Hands
A simple exercise, from Sarah Pillar, for committing our work to God (with prayers taken from the Oswald Liturgy – Celtic Daily Prayers Book 1 pg 277)
These steps help us become aware of our inner life – joys, concerns, struggles – that we might place our all into God’s hands.
A handy way to pray
We have a special St Oswald Liturgy and Prayer Ball Meditation from Jim Bailey. Although this uses a special St Oswald labyrinth prayer ball, you could potentially use it with any ‘held prayer’ object – perhaps a favourite pebble, holding cross, or similar…