Anyone venturing to deepest Essex should try to make a little pilgrimage here, to the tiny and beautiful church of Saint Peter’s-on-the-Wall, hard by the seashore at Bradwell-on-Sea. It was built in the 7th century by Saint Cedd, bishop of Northumbria and missionary to the Angles and the Saxons. It is a beautiful and holy place and demonstrates the long continuity of the Christian faith in these isles.
Here are three audio versions of the Anglo Saxon Lord’s prayer in three regional dialects. Here is the prayer in Anglo-Saxon:
þu þe eart on heofonum,
si þin nama gehalod;
to becume þin rice;
gewurþe þin willa
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum;
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg,
and forgyf us ure gyltas,
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum,
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge,
ac alys us of yfele.
And here is the Hail Mary:
Nal Wes ðu,Maria, mid gyfe gefylled, Drihten midðe.
Đu eart gebletsoð on wifum and
gebletsod ðines innoðes wæstm, se Næland.
Nalige Maria, Godes modor
gebide for us synfullum,
nu and on pære tide ures forðsiðes. Amen.