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The Lindisfarne Gospels

Kevin Mayhew

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The English Church and Our Multicultural World

Celebrations to mark the 1300th anniversary of ‘the book that made Britain’ (The Sunday Times) have brought fresh interest to the Lindisfarne Gospels which contain the earliest surviving translation of the Gospels into the English language. In this book, Ray Simpson navigates through various traditions – Irish, Pictish, Saxon, Roman, Coptic and Byzantine, weaving together the story and significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels with contemporary user-friendly reflections and resources. His unique insights offer an approach to our multicultural world, and churches will value the new liturgical material that celebrates the Gospels and the distinctive national Church they helped to birth.

We must surely expect to find among churches Caribbean bands and African chant, Byzantine iconography and Muslim-style prayer, western pop music . . . We must not despise or distance these different expressions; rather, like the Lindisfarne Gospels,
we must weave them together in a glorious and attractive tapestry.’~ Ray Simpson

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Product Code1501371
NameThe Lindisfarne Gospels
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorRay Simpson
Short DescriptionThe English Church and Our Multicultural World
Pack Size1
Size148mm x 210mm
Count144 pages
Date Published28 Feb 2013
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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The Lindisfarne Gospels, Ray Simpson, 1501371, 9781848675476
Some of the new hymns, fresh collects and recent reflections are enticing and endearing. Review by The Rev Canon Norman Wallwork, The Methodist Recorder, May 2013
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The first of the devotional and liturgical sections of Ray Simpson’s paperback is a reflection on the four full-page colour reproductions of the four evangelists – Mark and the Lion, Luke and Ox, Matthew and the Man, John and the Eagle. The final part of the book provides litanies, canticles, readings, prayers, poems and hymns in the tradition of the Northumbrian and Iona Communities and the Community of Aidan and Hilda to which the author himself belongs.

Some of the new hymns, fresh collects and recent reflections on specific Northumbrian saints are enticing and endearing. One might sniff at some of the hymns, but as Dr Sangster would have said, “They weren’t written for sniffers!” They are very singable words to well-known tunes.
(Posted on 29/05/2013)

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Ray Simpson’s daily prayer tweet @praycelticdaily profiles him as A Celtic New Monastic for Tomorrow’s World. He is the Founding Guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda (a dispersed inter-church movement which is also an Acknowledged Anglican Community).

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