Who is Saint Chad?
Saint Chad was used by God to bring the Christian faith to the Mercians -
Chad and his brothers were early pupils in Aiden’s school at Lindisfarne. Chad continued his studies by journeying to Ireland; but when his brother Cedd died, he returned to take his place as abbot of Lastingham. Then for a time he was bishop of York, but was soon removed over a technicality. This he accepted with no reproach, and was sent instead as bishop to the people of Mercia. At that time Chad spoke warily of the honour of being recognised as a bishop: ‘I never thought myself worthy of it’, he said, ‘but though unworthy, I consented to undertake it for obedience’s sake’.
Even as a bishop he lived in a small cell and travelled barefoot. His obvious simplicity embarrassed Bishop Theodore of Canterbury, who often urged Chad to ride, not walk. Once he was so frustrated that he bodily lifted Chad onto a horse and sent him on his journey!
For just three years Chad lived among the Mercians as their bishop, and then he died. Addressing his community, he urged them always to be prepared for death, ‘for death may call for us at any time’
(Celtic Daily Prayer)
Recommended reading: The Mantle of Chad (2013) by Robert Mountford,
The Community of Saint Chad follow five rhythms of Grace which they repeat daily
Rhythm one: By God's grace, I will seek to be transformed into the likeness of Christ
Rhythm two: By God's grace, I will be open to the presence, guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
Rhythm three: By God's grace, I will set aside time for prayer, worship and spiritual reading.
Rhythm four: By God's grace, I will endeavour to be a gracious presence in the world, serving others and working for justice in human relationships and social structures.
Rhythm five: By God's grace, I will sensitively share my faith with others and support God's mission both locally and globally
View Saint Chad's Gospel at http://www.lichfield-cathedral.org/st-chad-gospel.html