Although the day has been dominated by the Grand-slam victory in Cardiff with lots of the personnel from here going to the game, we managed to pack in a load of other stuff as well.
The day started with Fr Bernard celebrating a Mass for St Patrick’s Day.
Then Sir Trefor Morris (Vicar’s Warden & Chair of the Priory House Company) did a piece to camera for a BBC 4 programme on the Jesse.
This extraordinary larger-than-life figure once formed the base of an intricate and elaborate construction, which depicted the lineage of Jesus Christ from Jesse, the father of King David.
So called ‘Jesse figures’ and ‘Jesse trees’ are not uncommon in stone and stained glass, but this is the only one in wood to be found in the United Kingdom – and probably the world.
In the BBC series A History of British Art, Andrew Graham Dixon describes it as ‘the only great wooden figure to survive the wreckage of the British Cultural Revolution’.
We do not know who carved it, but we do know that it retains its extraordinary command of our attention and fascination. Carved from one solid piece of oak, probably in the 15th century, it was originally highly coloured and depicted all the Davidic kings and descendants, surmounted by the figures of Mary and the Child, and Christ in glory.
Latest thought estimates the height of the ‘tree’ growing from Jesse’s side to have been between 25ft and 30ft.
Then to the St Patrick’s Day Coffee Morning at which parishioners could take a personal belonging of the late Vicar Fr Jeremy as a memento in return for a donation to his Memorial Fund. Around £200 was raised for the fund.