Father Christopher writes:-

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You will have noticed two changes to our pattern of worship in recent months. It has long been our practice to sing Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer on the third Sunday of each month; the language of the Book of Common Prayer is hard to beat and the service is a lovely time for prayer, listening to the scriptures and singing hymns and canticles, with the choir usually singing an anthem. But for some months now we have changed our monthly evening service into a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Evensong remains as before, though with the use of incense, but at the end we receive the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a beautiful devotion where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar in a monstrance and after a period of prayer and devotion the priest puts on a humeral veil to bless the congregation with the Blessed Sacrament. The humeral veil is a vestment that goes over the priest's shoulders and with which he holds the monstrance. The idea is to hide the priest's hands. Because whereas at the end of Mass the priest gives the blessing with his hand acting in the person of Christ, at Benediction it is Christ himself in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar who is giving the blessing. It is difficult to imagine a more fitting way of rounding off our Sunday worship. On 30th September, we will be holding Solemn Evensong and Benediction earlier than usual, shortly after the end of our harvest lunch, so if you have not been before you might like to come along then.

The second change to our pattern of worship has been running since June and takes place at on the second Sunday of each month before our Mass. This is our Teddy Bear Service run by Roger and primarily intended for children under the age of six. It includes some prayers, a reading and some songs - often songs the children can dance to. It is a small group at present but we intend publicising it at our school when the new term starts and we hope to attract many more children. It is a lovely service, enjoyed by those adults who come as much as by the children. If you know of any children  who might like to join us please encourage them to do so. If we can encourage children to come to church at an early age we hope we may encourage them to stay as they grow up. And do come along yourself one Sunday.

Many of you will have been away on holiday during August and I hope that you have returned refreshed. And for those of you still to go away, have a relaxing time with - I hope - good weather.


Fr Christopher.

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