“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
(Matthew 28 verse 19)

Today in the Church of England we remember St Birinus. He was a 7th century Italian monk who was consecrated bishop in Milan by Archbishop Asterius and later he was sent to Britain by the Pope to continue the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. He was granted land in Dorchester by King Oswald of Northumbria and King Cynegils of the West Saxons so that he could continue as bishop and build a cathedral. So it was that Birinus became the first Bishop of the West Saxons. He died in about AD 650 and was buried in Dorchester; he was canonised soon after.

It is amazing to think of how through the ages God has used men and women from all around the world, to go to different lands and help others to come to know that they are loved by Him. God also has called other followers of Jesus Christ to stay where they are and tell people about Him in their own lands.

“Jesus …… said to him,
‘Go home to your friends,
and tell them how much the Lord has done for you,
and what mercy he has shown you.’
 And he went away and began to proclaim
in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him;
and everyone was amazed”.
(Matthew 5 verses 19 and 20)

[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]