March 20 – Saint Herbert of Derwentwater: He Lived on an Island

Saint Herbert of Derwentwater, Who Lived on an Island (Feast Date: March 20)

Extract from: Saint Herbert of Derwentwater: “an anchorite of the seventh century, who dwelt for many years on the little island still known as St. Herbert’s Isle, in the Lake of Derwentwater. He was for long the friend and disciple of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Little is known about him, save that it was his custom every year to visit St. Cuthbert for the purpose of receiving his direction in spiritual matters. In the year 686, hearing that his friend was visiting Carlisle for the purpose of giving the veil to Queen Eormenburg, he went to see him there, instead of at Lindisfarne as was usual. After they had spoken together, St. Cuthbert said, ‘Brother Herbert, tell to me now all that you have need to ask or speak, for never shall we see one another again in this world. For I know that the time of my decease is at hand.’ Then Herbert fell weeping at his feet and begged that St. Cuthbert would obtain for him the grace that they might both be admitted to praise God in heaven at the same time. And St. Cuthbert prayed and then made answer, ‘Rise, my brother, weep not, but rejoice that the mercy of God has granted our desire.’ And so it happened. . . .”  See also: Saint Herbert of Derwentwater (Multilingual), Saint Herbert of Derwentwater (EN), St Herbert and his Island (EN), San Herbert de Derwentwater (SP), Saint Herbert (FR).

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Herbert of Derwentwater on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Cyclone Jasmine in Tongatapu (February 15, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 27 – March 11, 2012.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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