Lindisfarne Day isn’t a Holy Day but a day of remembrance. On 8 June 793 the Viking Age began with a blood-bath. On this date in history the Northmen arrived on the shores of a tiny island on the northeast coast of England called Lindisfarne. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the event like this …
Her wæron reðe forebecna cumene ofer Norðhymbra land, ⁊ þæt folc earmlic bregdon, þæt wæron ormete þodenas ⁊ ligrescas, ⁊ fyrenne dracan wæron gesewene on þam lifte fleogende. Þam tacnum sona fyligde mycel hunger, ⁊ litel æfter þam, þæs ilcan geares on .vi. Idus Ianuarii, earmlice hæþenra manna hergunc adilegode Godes cyrican in Lindisfarnaee þurh hreaflac ⁊ mansliht.
In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little after those … the ravaging of wretched heathen people destroyed God’s church at Lindisfarne.
Alcuin, a Northumbrian scholar in Charlemagne’s court at the time, wrote:
Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race. . . .The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets.