Holy Island at Easter

 

Holy Island’s history, culture and scenery attract tourists from all over the world and Easter is always one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, is an island off the coast of Northumberland with a strong Christian heritage.

St Aidan came to Lindisfarne around AD635 and is credited with bringing Christianity back to the region and other parts of England. The Lindisfarne Gospels were also produced here in the 700s. The savage Viking onslaught on Britain also started with the sacking of Lindisfarne.

Many come to Holy Island for its tranquility

It is against this unforgettable backdrop of peace, war, culture and nature that Holy Island celebrates Easter.

Easter on an island

Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice a day by tides and if you have ever visited you will have witnessed first hand the isolation this can bring.

You might think this would pose a problem for organising services at practical times for Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday night and Easter Sunday.

But, the tides are always well-timed as they are set naturally to the moon, and the moon sets Easter. They link together perfectly so the island always gets excellent crossing times for Easter Sunday morning.

The isolation and the peace and safety it brings is also the reason many pilgrims, scholars, families and tourists come to the island and with many people choosing to holiday in Britain, Lindisfarne should be busier than ever.