20th May

Homily Of St. Hilda

For like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. Zechariah 9:16.

All who knew Hilda used to call her mother because of her outstanding devotion and grace. She was not only an example of holy life to all who were in the monastery but she also provided an opportunity for salvation and repentance to many who lived far away and who heard the happy story of her industry and virtue. This was bound to happen in fulfilment of the dream which her mother had when Hilda was an infant. She dreamed that her husband was taken away and, though she searched, no trace of him could be found (he was, in fact killed by poisoning). Suddenly in the midst of her search she found a most precious necklace under her garment and, as she gazed closely at it, it seemed to spread such a blaze of light that it filled all Britain with its gracious splendour. This dream was truly fulfilled in her daughter Hilda; for her life was an example of the words of light, blessed not only to herself, but to many who desired to live uprightly.

Hilda trained a stream of leaders who went out to establish Christ’s way in places far and near; five of these became bishops.

Trade with the gifts God has given you.
Bend your minds to holy learning that you may escape the fretting moth of littleness of mind that would wear out your souls.
Brace your wills to actions that they may not be the spoils of weak desires.
Train your hearts and lips to song which gives courage to the soul.
Being buffeted by trials, learn to laugh.
Being reproved, give thanks.
Having failed, determine to succeed.
Homily of St. Hilda Anon.

Sacred Three, as we thank you for the life of Hilda,
a jewel in your church who lit up a dark land
release the hidden treasures in the lives of women
and in the lives of all your people today
that we too may come to shine for you.