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Cuthbert and Bede: their roles in Christian healing in medieval England

From the May 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal


During the seventh and eighth centuries a sizable region in northeastern England called Northumbria reached a high level of culture in art, literature, and religion. The simple rustic customs of early Celtic Christianity were gradually being replaced by a more centralized church order controlled from Rome. This era has been called a "golden age." Only a few clergy in both religious traditions practiced Christian healing. The most famous church leaders were Cuthbert and Bede.

Healing ministries in the
early Christian Church

Cuthbert was born a.d. 634 and entered the Celtic monastic order when he was thirty years old. Near the end of his life, he became the Bishop of Lindisfarne on the coast of England. He spent much time in study and prayer on the nearby island of Fame. Many churches throughout England were dedicated in his memory. A large cathedral was built in his honor in the city of Durham.

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