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It is the penultimate day of our  Festival of Flowers at St Mary’s Priory to mark many of this year’s Anniversaries, some of which are very significant for the country and for Abergavenny.

Other Anniversaries been marked include:

  • 250 years of Encyclopaedia Brittanica:  The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for “British Encyclopaedia”),published by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., is a generalknowledge English-language encyclopaedia.
  • The Blue Moon – 100 years before we will experience it again.
  • Colossus computer is developed 75 years ago:Colossus was a set of computers developed by Brish code breaker in the years 1943–1945 to help in the cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher used by the German Army in the Second World War.
  • Nelson’s Column in situ for 180 years: Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square in central London was built to commemorate Admiral Horao Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
  • Sir Isaac Newton born 375 years ago: Isaac Newton changed the way we understand the Universe.
  • 150 years since the first traffic lights installed, in London:John Peake Knight, a railway engineer and inventor, is credited with designing the world’s first traffic light, a manually-operated gas-lit signal.



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Until July 3rd we will have a Festival of Flowers at St Mary’s Priory to mark many of this year’s Anniversaries, some of which are very significant for the country and for Abergavenny.

As part of the Festival this evening we have a special service to mark in prayer and readings the anniversaries the Festival celebrates.

The service at 6pm will include clergy from a variety of the town’s christian denomiantions and will be attended by representatives of organisations associated with the Anniversaries.


100 Years of Women’s suffrage


Canon Mark Soady Prior:

As we gather among the beauty of God’s creation we come to give thanks for this year’s anniversaries and the abundance of his blessings upon us.

Revd Jeffrey Pearse, NSM Curate:

Father we give thanks for the example given us by Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth both in her service to the nation and her commitment to through marriage to Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. May she be an example to us all of a life well lived. We give thanks also for the support she receives from her husband and her son. In this place Father we give thanks for Charles, Prince of Wales, for his tireless support of us as our Patron. In their 70thanniversary year we remember your servants in the National Health Service who in their way have made this country healthy by the eradication of disease.

V:Lord in your mercy

R:Hear our Prayer

Revd Ian Kirby (URC):

Almighty God we hold up before you all who died in the Great War, and all who for decades later suffered; praying that they are now resting in Peace. So, Father, as we mark the Centenary of the ending of Hostiles, may we learn to sow love, where there is hatred; and to bring joy, hope   and gladness where there is currently only despair and sadness. We pray especially at this time for the work of our Twinning Associations and groups as they break down the barriers of ignorance and mistrust between peoples of different nations and races.

V:Lord in your mercy

R:Hear our Prayer

Deacon Gwenllian Knighton (Methodist):

We bring before you in thanksgiving Father others who have fought against injustice and inequality, especially at this time we remember the Suffragettes and all who campaigned and voted for women’s suffrage, and support women’s rights in our own day and age. In this place we give thanks for 10 years as a town fair-trading so that all may receive a fare wage for their labours. Upon human Labour send a blessing Lord.

V:Lord in your mercy

R:Hear our Prayer

Revd Malcolm Lane JP,Chaplain to the Chairman of Monmouthshire CountyCouncil:

Father, as your Son came to heal, so we pray your continued blessing on the endeavours of the St John Priory for Wales, giving thanks for a centenary of service in times of war and national disaster as well as in times of peace of and joy. Enable those who train the young to be a source of inspiration to the cadets and badgers; so the healing work may prosper in the years to come. We pray also for the Royal Air Force created out of the hostilities of the fist World War, it has now become an agent of peace and defence of our realm and territories.

V:Lord in your mercy

R:Hear our Prayer

Revd Jeffrey Pearse :

In your wisdom you called Richard to be a Bishop in your church and five years ago to serve as Chief Pastor of this Diocese. We give thanks now for the gifts you have given him and pray that through him your church may grow in this place. We pray that your Gospel may be preached and your kingdom come, in the name of your son our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN


Our Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday display

Music in the Service

The Priory Church Choir will sing:

Introit- I will thank thee Daniel Purcell in honour of Bishop Richard’s Anniversary


All things Bright & Beautiful  J Rutter to mark the NAFAS Diamond Jubilee

Benedictus in b Flat CV Stanford to Commemorate the Centenary of the Order of St John in Wales


‘Angel Voices ever singing’ to acknowledge artists and artisans, ‘Love Divine’ to celebrate Marriage and ‘God is our strength and refuge’ to the Dam busters tune to mark the RAF Centenary.

The Service will end with the National Anthem and Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘Imperial March’ as an Organ Voluntary as we mark HM The Queen’s 65th Anniversary of Coronation.


Centenary of the end of Hostilities World War1

Readings at the Service

The Sub Prior will read Wilfred Owen’s Poem ‘The End’ to mark 100 years since the Armistice.

A reading from the ‘Song of Solomon’ to mark the NAFAS Anniversary and St Matthew’s Gospel will help us acknowledge anniversaries connected to social justice.

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