Events celebrate Sunderland’s patron saint

St Peter's Church, Sunderland.
St Peter's Church, Sunderland.
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SUNDERLAND’S patron saint will be celebrated this month with a series of special events taking place across the city

From a display at the City Library and Arts Centre to activities at the National Glass Centre, there is something planned for everybody.

Services will also be held at St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, and Sunderland Minster.

Between next Monday and Saturday, visitors can enjoy a free display about Benedict Biscop’s life and legacy at the City Library and Arts Centre. There will also be the chance to see replicas of the world famous Codex Amiatinus and Lindisfarne Gospels.

The manuscripts, which Benedict Biscop was instrumental in the production of, will be available for the public to view at pre-arranged sessions on Tuesday at the City Library and Arts Centre and Wednesdayat St Peter’s Church.

The regular Dads and Kids session at the City Library will have an Anglo Saxon theme on Saturday, January 14.

Services open to all will be held to celebrate Sunderland’s patron saint at St Peter’s Church and Sunderland Minster.

Next Wednesday, at 6pm, there will be a Eucharist at St Peter’s led by the Archdeacon of Sunderland. This will be followed at 9pm by a Compline led by the Reverend Tom Gibbons.

Next Thursday, at 6pm in Sunderland Minster, there will be a Civic Service led by Right Reverend Bishop Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and chairman of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership. It will be attended by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Norma Wright.

Benedict Biscop made a huge contribution to Sunderland and the Christian Church by establishing the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery, which centres on St Peter’s Church Sunderland and St Paul’s Church Jarrow.

The monastery became an internationally renowned centre for learning and creativity and produced remarkable scholars including the Venerable Bede.

Benedict Biscop was adopted as the patron saint of Sunderland in 2005.

For more information on all the planned activities, tel: 561 8407.

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