Paulinus was a Roman monk who was sent as a missionary to the kingdoms which were eventually to become England, in 601, by the Pope Gregory. Initially his mission field was in Kent, but when the Kentish princess Ethelburga married Edwin King of Northumbria, he was instructed to accompany her in order to spread the gospel in the north. Paulinus had great success, first the king responding, then his countrymen. He continued his mission throughout the north – travelling, instructing and baptising people throughout the area which is now Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Tyneside, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
"So great was the fervour of faith, and the desire for baptism among the Northumbrian people, that Paulinus is said to have accompanied the king and queen to the royal residence, at Ad-Gefrin, (Yeavering, Northumberland), and remained there thirty-six days, constantly occupied in instructing and baptising. During this period he did nothing, from dawn to dusk but proclaim Christ's saving message, to the people who gathered from all the surrounding villages and countryside; and when he had instructed them, he washed them in the cleansing water of baptism in the nearby River Glen. "
Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham,
which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died,
and he gave them the same names his father had given them.
"In the time of my favour I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
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