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FEAST OF ST DAVID’S

We will celebrate the Feast of St David on March 1st and 2ndDaffs

March 1st 

8am Holy Eucharist

March 2nd

10am Coffee Morning with a Welsh flavour in the Priory Centre

 

Women’s World Day of Prayer

We are pleased to host the Women’s World Day of Prayer service for Abergavenny on March 1st at 2pm.

The prayers for the service are written each year by a different current, this years are from France.

The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad. The first service held in Wales was in 1933.

The preacher at the Service is the UK President of the Women’s World Day of Prayer, Mrs Jean Hackett.

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We are pleased to host the Women’s World Day of Prayer service for Abergavenny on March 1st at 2pm.

The prayers for the service are written each year by a different country, this years are from France.

The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad. The first service held in Wales was in 1933.

The preacher at the Service is the UK President of the Women’s World Day of Prayer, Mrs Jean Hackett.

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Our Diocesan Bishop will be the second in our series of Lent Preachers at Evensong on the theme One Church, One faith One Lord

Bishop of Monmouth

Bishop of Monmouth

Bishop Dominic say a little about the history of Christianity in India and a little more about the Mar Thoma Christians in Kerala, who of course claim to trace their root back to St Thomas who went there in 54AD.  He will show the cultural link between the dress and liturgy of Christianity there and Hinduism.

He served as a religious in Kerala , and one of their bishops, Zacharius Mar Theophilus consecrated him (along with others).

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SUB-WARDEN TO BE MAYOR

We are pleased that our Sub Warden Cllr Sheila Woodhouse has been elected Mayor of Abergavenny for the coming year.Abergavenny_Town_council

Cllr Woodhouse who is Sub Warden at our daughter church of Christchurch, North Street is currently Deputy Mayoress. Her husband Cllr Chris Woodhouse is a former Mayor of Abergavenny & Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council.

She has appointed  the Vicar Fr Mark Soady as her Chaplain. Her Civic Service is expected to be at Christchurch on the afternoon of June 2nd.

Congratulating Cllr Sheila Woodhouse on her election, Fr Mark said, “She is very involved in the life of the town and will be a great Ambassador for it”.

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We were pleased to welcome today (wednesday) the Bishop of our link Diocese Bishop David Bannerman

The Bishop joins us for a Salmon Lunch

The Bishop joins us for a Salmon Lunch

Visiting 7 corners, and seeing what they do

Visiting 7 corners, and seeing what they do

Looking at the Baptistry Banners made with silk from Zimbabwe

Looking at the Baptistry Banners made with silk from Zimbabwe

Sir Trefor explains the plans for the Jesse

Sir Trefor explains the plans for the Jesse

Presenting Royal College of Church Music Awards at Vespers

Presenting Royal College of Church Music Awards at Vespers

 

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Young Benedictines

Fr Mark Soady , Vicar of Abergavenny has announced the launch of a new exciting outreach programme.

“I am pleased to be able to announce two pieces of good news today, we will continue to have two full time priests serving Abergavenny and also there is an new exciting venture that will be launched as well.images-2

With the encouragement of the Bishop I have been looking at ways in which we can bring the Monastic days in to the whole life of the parish. At a Staff Meeting last September Bernard, Tom Bond  (PHC Manager) and I came up with the idea of having a small community  (say 4 ) gap years students who would live their lives according to the Benedictine Rule ie daily round of prayer, working on the site in return for their keep, but crucially doing outreach and mission work in the town.

We have called this programme the Young Benedictines (YB)

The Bishop has agreed that some one on a full stipend will replace Bernard, but who will have care for this scheme. That person will live in Holy Trinity Vicarage. Other members of the Community may live there, in Priory Lodge or the Curate’s House.”

The Bishop of the Highveld, Bishop of our link Diocese, on a visit to Abergavenny Wednesday afternoon will be briefed on the YB scheme.

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Guidebookawards2Today the Church Monuments Society presented us with the award for the best Church Guide Book in the UK.

The competition, for the guide with the best coverage of church monuments, was held in 2012 for the first time and open to parish churches all over the country.  Sally Badham, President of the Church Monuments Society which funded the prize, said:

“We’re delighted with the response to our competition, which aims to raise the profile of monuments in churches and those who care for them. As the speakers at the award ceremony highlighted, Abergavenny is a worthy winner. Its monuments are nationally important and their church guide really does them justice.”

The award ceremony at St Mary’s will be followed by two illustrated talks about the monuments and their conservation. Dr Rhianydd Biebrach (University of Newport), an expert on Welsh sculpture, will discuss the history of the monuments. Mr Michael Eastham, a highly-regarded and experienced conservator, will explain the work he carried out in the 1990s to stabilise the structure of the monuments and restore their appearance.

The Tomb of Dr David Lewis,First Principle of Jesus College, Oxford

The Tomb of Dr David Lewis,
First Principal of Jesus College, Oxford

In 2012 the Church Monuments Society launched the Church Guide Book Competition. The aims were:

  1. to increase knowledge of monuments amongst those who care for churches;
  2. to improve interest in church monuments amongst those who visit churches;
  3. to provide an incentive to improve the quality of church guides as they address monuments.

Entries were received from all over the country and, from a final high-quality shortlist of six, St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny (Monmouthshire) was selected as the winner by Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust and author of England’s Thousand Best Churches.

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The prize was funded by a bequest from the late Dr Claude Blair, a former President of the Church Monuments Society and a world-wide authority on armour and church monuments. It is fitting that Abergavenny should have won the prize as Dr Blair took a special interest in the monuments there and was closely involved in their conservation.

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