Caedmon and Hilda and a lesson in encouragement

This is the first line of Caedmon's hymn of praise to the creator in Old English (preserved for us by the Venerable Bede). This was created in batik and embroidered.
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I’m delighted that I’m getting to preach on Hilda of Whitby tomorrow. As with many saints, Hilda’s big achievements are a little overwhelming so I’ve chosen to focus on an aspect of her character that is more within our grasp to emulate in our daily lives – that of her gift of encouragement. Hilda was a great educator and all great educators are encouragers. After having a dream in which he spontaneously sang a hymn about creation, Caedmon was taken to Hilda by a friend for ‘assessment’. Hilda immediately recognised that Caedmon had been given a miraculous gift of God and encouraged him to join the monastery – after which he wrote many more hymns for the people to sing in their own language. Caedmon’s hymn is the earliest recorded hymn we have in Old English – we find it in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People. You can listen to it in its original form (spoken) here:

 
Those of you who have read my blog before will know that I have Hilda-themed stoles. The first line of Caedmon’s hymn is on my red stole and this serves as a reminder to me both to worship God (the first line is ‘now let us honour the warden of heaven’) and to encourage others in their gifts – just as Hilda encouraged Caedmon in his.

This is the first line of Caedmon's hymn of praise to the creator in Old English (preserved for us by the Venerable Bede). This was created in batik and embroidered.

This is the first line of Caedmon’s hymn of praise to the creator in Old English (preserved for us by the Venerable Bede). This was created in batik and embroidered.

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