Archive for May, 2012

While many are celebrating the long Jubilee weekend, one member of the congregation at Holy Trinity will be setting out on a walking pilgrimage to St. David’s cathedral. James Jackson will set off from Abergavenny on Sunday 3rd June after the morning Eucharist and arrive at the cathedral a week later. The full walk is 123 miles, following the rivers Usk and Tywi before striking across country to St. Nons and the cathedral.

James says, “When in his Lenten pastoral letter Bishop Dominic proclaimed this year to be one of pilgrimage it confirmed an idea I had been considering for some time: a walk from Monmouthshire to St. Davids. I am currently trying to discern Christ’s call on my life, and Fathers Mark and Bernard have encouraged me undertake this pilgrimage.”

James and his daughter on a previous visit to St Davids

James is relying on the kindness of the Welsh climate by day and of strangers by night as he travels without a tent. He will share the experiences of his journey upon his return, but he would be very glad of your prayers over the coming week!

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A photograph of the Orchestra practicing before the concert tonight.


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From Trinity Sunday, June 3rd we shall replace Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised with the New English Hymnal.

The NEH gives a wider choice of liturgical hymns and so should enhance our worship.It includes general hymns; hymns for feasts, seasons and saints’ days; office hymns for the liturgical year; an enlarged eucharistic section; responsorial psalms; a new English folk mass setting.

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On May 29tha t 7pm the Bruschal YoutH Symphony Orchestra from Germany will give a concert at St Marys Priory.

The music to be performed includes:

  • Vioti Violin Concerto No 22 in A minor
  • Lebrun Oboe Concerto No 1 in D minor
  • Tschaik0vsky Symphony No 5

Tickets proced £5 will eb available at the door on the night from 5.30pm

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Our preacher at the 11am service on Pentecost Sunday (May 27th) is Dr Richard Fenwick, Bishop of St Helena.

A former Dean of Monmouth, Dr Fenwick is an accomplished musician, who first came to know the Island of St Helena when he took sabbatical there to build a new Cathedral organ. He was appointed Bishop just over a year ago and is currently home in the Wales on leave.

In this Jubilee year it is worth noting that during his time at St Paul’s he was involved in many royal events including the Prince of Wale’ first Wedding and HM The Queen Mother’s 90 Birthday celebrations for which he wrote a hymn verse that HM The Queen based her Christmas message on.

St Helena is famous for being the Island that Napolean was exiled to.

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The Next Monastic Day is on May 30th

9.30am Terce, followed by quiet prayer and study – the Vicarage will be available
Sext  at Noon
Holy Eucharist at 12.15pm    
Vespers at 5pm,
Compline  at 7.30pm (Sung by the Choir)
Healing Liturgy 8pm
Lunch, tea, coffee, etc, will be provided and there will be  no charge, although, of course, donations will be gratefully received.

Future Date: June 20

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The Bells of St Mary’s Priory will ring to welcome the Olympic Torch to Aberagvenny next Friday.

At 12noon the Vicar will say prayers for the Olympics at the Priory Church, why not join him.

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The Church in Wales Stewardship Road shows starts off from The Priory Centre this afternoon.

The first session lead by Fr Mark Soady (in his capacity as Monmouth Diocesan Stewardship Link) and Tracey White, St Asaph’s Parish Funding Officer and featuring Carolyn Woolard dressed as a Gift Box starts at 2pm.


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At 11am on Sunday our preacher will the Canon John Armson, former Precentor of Rochester Cathedral, former vice-principal of Wescott House Theological College and currently Subwarden of Readers for Hereford Diocese.

He has recently returned from three months in the Holy land and will speak about his experience there.


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