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The final piece of a six year programme is to be completed  Today. The jigsaw that is the Memorial to Dean Jeremy Winston will be complete with the installation of new lighting in the St Jospeh(Lewis) Chapel.

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To mark the completion we have invited the designers of the Jesse Window, Helen Whittaker, and of the Chapel Furniture, Joachim Tanatau to come and unpack for us the thinking that went in to the design of these amazing pieces.

If you would like to join us on June 27th at 7pm please email  Maggie Pratt, the Vicar’s PA on enquiries@stmarys-priory.org. Place are very limited so do book soon.

 

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We have designated this a Year of Celebration of Marriage in honour of the Royal Wedding and the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

As part of our Year of Celebration of Marraiage we are holding a Service at 5pm on June 2nd for couples to Renew thier Wedding Vows in church.harry-meghan

Other events this year include:

  • Yesterday Our Sub Prior went in to Llanfoist School, in our Pastoral District, to show the children what a church Wedding is all about.
  • Members of the Congregation will display their Wedding dresses in church over the weekend of the Food Festival in September.

In a separate development it has been announced that those from the Priory Church going to HRH The Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Party  at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday are likely to meet the new Royal Couple as TRH The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will be attending the Party also.

GOD of love,
send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan, and all who are joined in marriage,
that, rejoicing in your will
and continuing under your protection,
they may both live and grow
in your love all their days,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Prayer Station 5: And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…

An opportunity to reflect on God’s leading us through life.

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INTRODUCTION:

“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” Jesus tells the perplexed Nicodemus. Here at the font then is the entrance to the Kingdom: The spring of eternal life in which we are reborn as God’s children. This ancient stone basin dates back to the pre-Norman period. Think of how many have entered the kingdom through being washed in its waters.

‘All you who thirst come to the waters’, prophesies Isaiah. At thios time we are called upon to pray that all those who thirst, who are exhausted by the changes and chances of the kingdom of this world may hear that same call and enter God’s own kingdom being baptised as his children.

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Prayer station 4: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

An invitation to accept God’s forgiveness

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INTRODUCTION: We stand before the Crucifix by sculpture Frank Roper. We read the words ‘Christus Regnans’, ‘Christ reigns’. Perhaps this does not look like the image of a king reigning from his throne. The naked humanity of Christ broken, nailed on a tree. Yet through his brokenness we are healed. In his self sacrifice is our forgiveness. Below the crucifix votive candles burn, lit by those imploring God’s healing and peace for themselves and their loved ones. ‘Surely he has bourn our sins and carried our sorrows…and by his wounds we are healed’

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A week of Royal celebrations begins this morning at Littlefootprints, our Parent and Toddler group, as we hold a Royal wedding Street Party with cakes, games and Union Flags.

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ON Saturday – the day of the Royal Wedding – our Church bells will ring out from 3.45pm- 4.30pm to welcome the newly married couple to a life together and prayers will be offered for them.

On Tuesday, May 23rd Canon Mark Soady will lead a group of five from the Priory to Buckingham Palace to celebrate with HRH The Prince of Wales, as our Royal Patron prepares to turn 70.

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Fr Mark will join representatives of Prince’s other Patronages for an Official Photograph with HRH.

 

Prayer Station 3: Give us this day our daily bread

An opportunity to thank God for his provision.

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INTRODUCTION:

We have entered the St Benedict Chapel, the place where Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament (The reserved bread and wine of the Eucharist). The inscription on the altar after local poet Heny Vaughan (1650) reminds us that Christ gives himself for us on the altar, becoming the ‘daily bread’ that sustains his Church. A light burns before the tabernacle, a witness to Christ’s sacramental presence. The Eucharist is the ‘daily bread’ by which Christ who poured himself out for us ‘kindles the flame of sacred love on the mean altar of our hearts.’ The flame before the sacrament may be small but when kindled with faith and prayer it can become the flame of the Holy Spirit, of which Jesus speaks in Luke when he says: ‘”I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!’.

The words of Victorian poet Thomas Southgate:

And yet I want to love Thee, Lord; Oh, light the flame within my heart, And I will love Thee more and more, Until I see Thee as Thou art.

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Prayer station 2: Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…

An opportunity to reflect on what it means to acknowledge God as king.

 

INTRODUCTION

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Prince Arthur Tudor’s Stall (left) the elder brother of King Henry VIII

Standing in the centre of St Mary’s there are no shortage of reminders of earthly kingdoms, rulers and dynasties. The Wars of the Roses are well represented in the noble memorials. The seats of Prince Arthur and Katherine of Aragon in the choir remind us of the way history can turn on a knife edge, and kingdoms can crumble and fall. Without his untimely death his brother Henry would not have ascended the throne and there may have been no dissolution. The carvings here could have been undamaged, the medieval cloister and monastic living quarters still intact. Charles I held his final parliament here before being captured and tried. To bring us more up to date the east window is a memorial to the fallen who died in World War I. If the history of this place teaches us anything it is that earthly kingdoms and power struggles are not like God’s kingdom. In the words of hymn writer John Ellerton: ‘So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never, Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever, Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.’

 

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