St Mary’s Priory Church Choir will be the Choir-in-Residence at Salisbury Cathedral for week commencing Monday, August 10th. The Choir will sing Evensong at 5.30pm every evening during the week .cathedral_salisbury5


Previous Cathedrals where the choir have sung include Peterborough, Coventry, Gloucester, St Albans, Lichfield and Hereford.


THE Choir will break for the Summer from singing at the Priory following the morning service on July 19th.


We at St Mary’s Priory are pleased to be one of the first two churches in Wales to be admitted to the Greater Churches Network.


The group was founded in 1991 as an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral. Most churches in the group also fulfil a role which is additional to that of a normal parish church.

It aims to provide help and mutual support in dealing with the special problems of running a ‘cathedral-like’ church within the organisational and financial structure of a parish church; to enhance the quality of parish worship in such churches; and to promote wider recognition of the unique position and needs of churches in this category.

It also serves as a channel of communication for other organisations wishing to have contact with churches of this type.

We will be joined by St Giles, Wrexham which is staffed by Fr Jason Bray a former Curate of  St Mary’s.

Speaking at the Civic Service of the Mayor of Abergavenny Cllr Maureen Powell, her Chaplain Canon Mark Soady made reference to this week’s terrible terrorist attack on a Tunisian Beach and then reminded the congregation:

The New Testament  Greek word for witness and the word for martyr  are the same, ‘martyroi’. Today in many places, as it was for the early  church, to be a witness to Jesus Christ very often means death.

But for most of us  Christian witness is the  the day-to-day experience of living our lives in ways that reveal’s the love of Jesus Christ. That does sometimes mean being unpopular, but thankfully does not mean giving of our lives.

The particular and special role of political leaders, who like Maureen are disciple of Christ, is to show love by example – and to be the conscious of our fellow citizens.

Cllr Powell clearing litter early on a Sunday morning

Cllr Powell clearing litter early on a Sunday morning

Our Mayor’s love for us and this town is shown through in her commitment to her Ward. She not only deals efficiently with her casework load, but is a generous person in other ways. While most f the Citizens of Abergavenny are asleep on a Sunday morning she ( and her Consort John) will be up clearing the litter left over from the Saturday night partying.

In his letter to the Phillipians St Paul says, ” If you have nay encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love…then make my joy complete by being like minded” (2.1). He goes son to say, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit”, but take on “the very nature of a servant”.  That is what Maureen has done as  a local Councillor and what I pray God will enable her to do to during her year of office  as  Mayor – and not her only but all those of you  who serve with her on Abergavenny Town Council.


This year Bishop Richard has encouraged us to Walk with Mary as part of our Christian lives and BVMwitness. In our own diocese there are four priory churches dedicated to her and many others beside. She is central to our faith in that she bore and brought forth to the world our redeemer and saviour, the word that was made flesh.

On the 1st July Bishop Richard will be joining us in Abergavenny for the last of six of his evening events reflecting on who Mary is and her importance to her not only as Anglicans but as Christians and our discipleship. Rev’d Philp Godsell will share with us his own unique Walk with Mary shortly after his being ordained priest.

Please join Bishop Richard and other friends from across our diocese as we seek to celebrate our common life together and prepare for our diocesan pilgrimage to take place at the end of August to the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham.

Find out more about walking with Mary


It is customary for a newly Ordained Priest to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr Phil Godsell who was an Ordinand of this Parish, will offer his Mass for the BVM at 6.30pm on Tuesday, June 30th.

We are pleased to host the National Association of Flower Arranging Society’s Three Counties & S.Wales Area’s Competition DaAncient & Modern on Thursday, June 18th. The Exhibition is open to the public from 10am – 5pm.

The Festival of Flowers: Advent to Candlemas arranged by Abergavenny Club

The Festival of Flowers: Advent to Candlemas arranged by Abergavenny Club

The Competition includes entries in the following Categories:

  • Club Class:Staged by no more than two people a standing display entitled ‘Ancient & Modern’
  • Class 2: ‘Stained Glass’. Floor Exhibit 122cm wide x 122cm deep, height optional.
  • Class 3: ‘Thoroughly Modern’,  A modern/abstract exhibit  61cm wide x 61cm deep
  • Class 4: ‘Songs of Praise’. Novice exhibit depicting a well known hymn
  • Class 5: ‘Traditional with a Twist’, A Pew End Exhibit 21cm wide x 63 cm high
  • Class 6: ‘Primeval’,A floor exhibit to feature wood, space allowed 46cm wide x 46cm deep and 46cm high
  • Class 7: ‘Tudor Rose’, Still Life Exhibit Space allowed 76cm wide x 68cm deep
  • Class 8: ‘A Period Piece’, A Craft Exhibit
  • Class 9: ‘A passage through time’ A Period Exhibit
  • Class 10: ‘Well read’ Junior class, an exhibit to depict a book.

There are 75 entries ,some of the exhibitors come straight from winning gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Judging will take place on Wednesday evening. Entrance FREE, donations welcome

We will Celebrate the Feast of Pentecost over Spring bank Holiday Weekend

Details of events:


8am Holy Eucharist

9.30am All Age Worship

11am Parish Eucharist: Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop fo St Helena

6pm Evensong & Sermon



Craft morning for all ages
pentecost crafts

We will mark Ascension day this Thursday, May 14th with Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at 8.30am and 6.30pm (sung)



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