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Oldest-known prayer beads in England discovered on Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Holy Island, Northumberland, England, July 5, 2022

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A rare religious artifact was recently uncovered on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

During last year’s dig season, a grave was uncovered with a man, believed to be a monk, who was found wearing a bead necklace fashioned from salmon vertebrae.

The necklace dates back to the 8th or 9th century and is the only artifact ever found in a Lindisfarne grave, reports Arkeonews.

The prayer beads were recognized by zooarchaeologist Marina Chorro Giner. “This bright, eagle-eyed researcher looked at them and said, actually these aren’t just fish bones, they’ve been modified and turned into something,” he said.

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“The holes in the vertebrae through which the spinal column runs were enlarged, either during the making of the necklace and/or over time as the bones wore against the threading. Fish were one of the earliest recognized Christian emblems, therefore fish bones are both a thematically fitting material and a readily available local supply for devotional jewelry,” the outlet writes.

Lindisfarne, known as the Holy Island in England, is known for the illuminated Lindisfarne Gospel, and as home to a number of great ascetics and holy hierarchs of the first-millennium, undivided Church, such as | Oldest-known prayer beads in England discovered on Holy Island of Lindisfarne | The Paradise NewsSaint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Wonderworker“Have faith and wholeheartedly trust God Who will never abandon those who Love Him”—these words belong to St. Cuthbert, “the wonderworker of the English land” who lived more than 1300 years ago. It is indisputable that St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne is the most beloved and venerated English saint throughout the history of the country.

“>St. Cuthbert and | Oldest-known prayer beads in England discovered on Holy Island of Lindisfarne | The Paradise NewsHoly Hierarch Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of Northumbria and WonderworkerThe first missionary who came from Iona was Corman, but he was very stern with the Angles and could not speak their language, so he soon had to go back. On his return to Iona, Corman told the brethren: “What a hopeless task it is to preach to these savage and stubborn Angles!” One of the monks, named Aidan, answered him gently: “Brother, you were probably too strict with these illiterate people.” So it was decided to send Aidan to Northumbria.”>St. Aidan.

| Oldest-known prayer beads in England discovered on Holy Island of Lindisfarne | The Paradise NewsAncient Orthodox church discovered on Holy Island of LindisfarneThe foundations of what is likely one of the largest and earliest Saxon churches on Lindisfarne have been recently unearthed on the south of the island off the eastern coast of England.

“>In 2017, the foundations of what is likely one of the largest and earliest Saxon churches on Lindisfarne were unearthed.

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