Is do today a normal Sunday, NO! This afternoon we host the Civic Service for the Chairman of Monmouthshire County council, Cllr Maureen Powell.
The Bishop of Monmouth will preach and the Mayor’s Chaplain, Fr Mark Soady will lead the service. Among the music in the service the Choir will sing The Jubilate and Parry’s version of Psalm 122 ‘I was Glad’. The hymns will recognise service and include:O Jesus I have promised to serve tee to the end.
The Council’s Chief Executive will read Proverbs 3 and the Chairman will read Matthew 5 vv43-48.
This evening we receive pilgrims on the CADW pilgrimage from Llantony Abbey to St Davids Cathedral.
The pilgrims will attend Evensong, stay to supper and sleep in the Priory centre over night.
Cauldrons & Furnaces has, at its heart, the ambition to tell extraordinary stories in extraordinary places. A visitor who makes a journey around these eight iconic Cadw sites in the summer of 2012 will experience something of our small nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage from its mythic beginnings to modern times. On route they will discover the diversity, skill and the talent of its young people and the artists who inspire them.
Their journey starts, appropriately, with a Pilgrimage departing from Llanthony Abbey on 16 June. It follows the route of medieval pilgrims, kings, saints, madmen and paupers and arrives 22 days later in St David’s, Pembrokeshire. To mark this historic moment specially commissioned anthems, artworks and plays will be performed and displayed. Everyone is invited to join St David and the pilgrims’ procession for the last leg of the journey through the city and the cathedral and into the Bishops Palace where the end of the journey is celebrated in a ‘feastival’ of music, food and fun.
On route the Pilgrimage will pass through castles, holy wells and ancient sites. Pilgrims will carry a stone from their home location with them.
Fr Mark said, “It has been a tradition for over 1,000 years for us to welcome in pilgrims to St Mary’s Priory. We are pleased to be part of this editing project”.