Anniversary of The Hermitage
October 26 is the Commemoration of Saint Cedd (Cedda) (620-664), Bishop of the East Saxons, Abbot of the Monastery of Lastingham (Laestingaeu) in Northumbria (England); brother of Saint Chad (Ceadda) (d 762: Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People, and, after Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham); and brother of Saint Cynibil and Caelin (Bishop of Deira).
It is also the second anniversary of the foundation of The Hermitage of Saint Cedd. The Hermitage was provisionally established on the Feast of Saint Alban (c.209), Protomartyr of Britain, June 22 2012. It was formally established on the Feast of Saint Cedd, October 26 2012.
The Hermitage gardens, notably the herb and vegetable gardens, are much improved following Father Edward’s residence here, and, with the arrival of Summer they are bursting into enthusiastic growth. Father Edward’s horticultural skills, no less than his theological and liturgical knowledge, have been greatly appreciated.
The highlight of the period leading up to the second anniversary of The Hermitage was our pilgrimage to the cave of the Hermit Father Guri (Demidov)(1894-1992), Australia’s first Orthodox Hermit, at Kentlyn, on the outskirts of Sydney – see https://citydesert.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/the-incense-of-eucalyptus-and-pine-and-a-hermits-cave-in-the-australian-bush/