Donkeys, Bishops and a new singing monk all contributed to a great weekend at the Priory.
On Friday evening we had the annual Carol Concert with Vision of Hope a Christian Charity which rehabilitates ex-prisoners on a near by farm – and they brought their donkeys along to join in.
On Saturday morning Bishop Richard Commissioned the Holywell Community’s first Concentor, Br Simon . In this moving service two new associates were also admitted to the Community.
The afternoon saw us donning Costumes as we Walked the Nativity from Holy Trinity Church, Baker Street to the Abbot’s Garden at St Mary’s Priory -sharing the good news of Christmas and general Christmas cheer throughout the town. Br Simon was Joseph and Sr Jenni, Mary, while Fr Chris Walters and Bishop Richard toke on the roles of the Magi.Fr Mark proclaimed the good news in his role as Archangel Gabriel.
Christmas Music and Carols were on the programme on Saturday evening for the Abergavenny Borough Band’s Christmas Concert in the Priory Church.
On Sunday at 11am we welcomed our second Bishop of the weekend. Bishop David Thomas returned to Abergavenny to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his Consecration as Bishop. Fr Mark said, “It is right that this celebrations takes place here where he lived for the whole of his Episcopacy”.
The weekend concluded with our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Choir excelled themselves and Abergavenny Rotary Club provided Mulled Wine & Mince Pies.