Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Wales preached at a Service in St Mary’s Priory at the start of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales in Abergavenny.
The Bi-lingual service was conducted by Canon Mark Soady.
In his Sermon Bishop Rowan said that today’s readings set for the the service (Ecclesiastes 1. 2, 12-14, 2. 18-23; Colossians 3. 1-11;& Luke 12.13-21) very negative about ones heritage and history – perhaps a strange place to be at the start of the largest cultural event in Europe, but that is not what it really says he went on to claim.
Saying one needs to be honest about ones language, heritage and culture, and ask why has God given us this, what about it can be pass on to others.
Referring to the world famous Jesse Figure and new Jesse Window he remained us that in the family tree of Jesus there were not only sages and saints, but prostitutes, migrant workers and sinners. Our personal and corporate history is something we can learn from if we are honest that it was not with out flaws.
The service contained the following music:
Introit: O taste and see – Vaughan Williams ( When the Eisteddfod was last in Abergavenny it saw the world première of a new Vaughan Williams work)
Psalm: 49 vv.1-9
Hymns: Gwahoddiad, 311, 274, 368 (NEH)
Motet: O Radix Jesse – TB Pratt (A new work composed for the Dedication of our new Jesse Window- this will be its second performance)
Voluntary: Processional – Mathias
The service ended with the Priory Bells ringing a Peal.
There are services daily in the CYTUN Tent on the Eisteddfod Maes at 11am.