Welcome to Heavenfield!

Heavenfield is a real place, a place where heaven and earth met on a summer day in 634 as King Oswald dedicated his people to God and marched upon his enemy beginning the Golden Age of Northumbria. It was this moment that the venerable Bede chose as the fulcrum of his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the moment when the English became the people of God. As he wrote,

“Oswald, when he was about to engage in battle, set up the sign of the holy cross, and on bended knees, prayed God to send heavenly aid to His worshippers in this dire need…This place is called in English Heavenfield (hefenfelth), and in Latin Caelestis campus, a name which it certainly received in days of old as an omen of future happenings; it signified that a heavenly sign was to be erected there, a heavenly victory won and that heavenly miracles were to take place there continuing to this day.”[1]

Heavenfield feels like the right name for this space. Here, the topics up for discussion are early medieval northern Britain, church history and spirituality, and the continuing commemoration of the early medieval saints and their spirituality today.

Michelle

[1] McClure and Collins, eds. 1994. Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Oxford. p. 111-112.

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2 comments on “Welcome to Heavenfield!

  1. Derek the Ænglican says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I look forward to the conversation here…

  2. Michelle says:

    Welcome to Heavenfield! I will get some content up here this week. You might even see some trial offices eventually.

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