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A replica of the Turin Shroud will be on display at St Mary’s Priory Church in time for the Food Festival this year.

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The replica of the Shroud on its last visit to Wales at Nazareth House, Cardiff 

The Turin Shroud is one of the most famous, and controversial, images associated with the Christian faith and it will be fascinating to see this replica close up.

The Shroud itself is kept in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, which is located within a complex of buildings which includes the Turin Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Turin, and the Palazzo Chiablese in Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy.

The replica Shroud  will be on display daily from Thursday, September 19th – Thursday, October 3rd. During this period there will be a programme of devotional activities using the replica.

The origins of the shroud – and how the faint, full-length image of a man could have appeared on it – are still the subject of intense debate around the world.

The many unproven theories include that the image was somehow left by Christ before his resurrection, that it is the work of a skilled forger, or that it could have been generated by chemical residue, scorching or radiation.

In 1988 a radiocarbon dating test was performed on small samples of the shroud, which concluded the samples were dated from medieval times – far too recent for the linen sheet to have been used in Christ’s burial. Those findings have since been questioned by scholars who contend that the sample tested was from a repair made hundreds of year after the shroud was created

 

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On Wednesday, September 4th St Mary’s Priory Church will play host to the leader of the 4 Millions Members of the Anglican Church’s Mothers Union at a service to Install the new President of the Mothers Union for Monmouthshire.

Canon Mark Soady vicar said,

” I am very much looking forward to welcoming to the Priory the first non British person to be the World Wide President of the Mothers Union. She will be the third World wide President to honour the Priory with a visit”

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MU World Wide President; Sheran Harper

Mrs Sheran Harper, from Guyana will attend the service on Wednesday morning before being entertained to lunch in Abergavenny. The last world wide President admitted Fr. Mark as an MU member during her visit a few years ago.

Presiding over the service will be The Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales, making his second visit tot he Priory in under a month.

The new President of MU in the Diocese of Monmouth being installed at the service is   Pat Jarrett from Llanddewi Rhyderch.

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Monday 26th August (Pre-reformation) 

St Mary’s Priory Choir 

6.00 pm Choral Vespers (Treble voices) 

Magnificat: Plainsong 

Anthem: O Lux Beata Trinitas – Fayrfax 

7.30 pm Choral Compline (Men’s voices) 

Anthem:: O Quam Pulchra Es—Dunstable 

Tuesday 27th August (16th Century) 

12.15 pm Lunchtime Recital – Pippa Goss (Soprano) 

5.30 pm Choral Evensong Thomas Hardye Chapel Choir Alumni 

Introit: O come ye servants—Tye Responses: Morley 

Psalm: 74 Canticles: Short Service – Farrant Anthem: Ave verum corpus—Byrd 

Wednesday 28th August (17th Century) 

12.15 pm Lunchtime Recital 

Simon Pratt (Baritone) 

5.30 pm Choral Evensong PGS Choir, Cardiff 

Introit: Thou knowest Lord—Purcell Responses: Tomkins Psalm: 119 vv.89-104 Canticles: Purcell in G minor Anthem: Man that is born of woman—Purcell 

Thursday 29th August (18th Century) 

12.15 pm Lunchtime Recital 

Emma Gibbins (Organ) 

5.30 pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Priory Choir 

Introit: Teach me, O Lord—Attwood Responses: Ebdon Psalm: 78 vv.40-55 

Canticles: Arnold in A Anthem: Ave Maria—Haydn 

Friday 30th August (19th Century) 

12.15 pm Lunchtime Recital William Reynolds (Organ) 

5.30 pm Choral Evensong Festival Trebles’ Choir 

Responses: Goss Psalm: 69 vv.14-23 Canticles: Macpherson in D Anthem: Thou art fairer than the children of men—Barnby 

Saturday 31st August (20th Century) 

1.15 pm Lunchtime Recital 

Kathy Batchelor (Flute) 

5.30 pm Choral Evensong Academia Musica 

Introit: Jesu, the very thought—Bairstow Responses: Rose Psalms: 81, 84 Canticles: Stanford in C Anthem: Greater Love—Ireland 

Sunday 1st September (21st Century) 

6.00 pm Choral Evensong Ethelbert Consort 

Introit: He made the stars above—MacDonald 

Responses: McDowall Psalm: 119 vv.161-176 

Canticles: Truro Service—Stopford Anthem: Now that the daylight dies away – Tim Pratt 

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August 26 (Pre-Reformation):

St Mary’s Priory Choir sing Choral Vespers at 6pm (Treble voices)

St Marys Priory Choir sing Choral Compline at 7.30pm (Men’s voices)

August 27 (16th Century):

12.15pm Pippa Goss (Soprano)

5.30pm Evensong with the Thomas Hardye Chapel Choir Alumni

August 28 (17th Century):

12.15pm Simon Pratt (Baritone)

5.30pm Evensong with PGS Choir, Cardiff

August 29 (18th Century):

12.15pm Emma Gibbins (Organ)

5.30pm Evensong with St Mary’s Priory Choir

August 30 (19th Century):

12.15pm William Reynolds (Organ)

5.30pm with the Festival Trebles Choir

August 31 (20th Century):

12.15pm Kathy Batchelor (Flute)

5.30pm with Academia Musica

Sunday, September 1 (21st Century):

5.30pm with Ethelbert Consort

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Festival Trebles Choir at the Festival Last Year

Entrance to all recitals and services is free

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Br Stuart’s Sermon here last Sunday

Holywell Community

Rt Revd Br Stuart OSB, former Abbot of Mucknell, preaching at our Admission Service reminded us of the importance of seeing each other as gifts to us from God *especially* when we infuriate one another. That’s when God-the-potter is at work on us!

His address in full:

First of all, I bring greetings from our Br Adrian – formerly YOUR Br Adrian. He is a much-valued gift from your community to ours!

Secondly, greetings from the rest of my community on your Patronal Festival.

When my old archdeacon was invited to preach at a Patronal Festival he always began by telling the congregation that the reason we keep such festivals is to remind ourselves that the tenor and quality of the life of a church community should reflect that of its patron saint.

So: St Mary:- her vocation was to give Jesus to the world, and that is a vocation…

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Good to host this service on our Patronal Festival

Holywell Community

As we enter our fifth year the Archbishop of Wales this afternoon admitted three Lay Members of the Holywell Community. We welcomed back Brs Josh & Seb and welcomed Br Nicolas. Also present was Nathaniel who will join us as Concentor in the New Year.

During the service the Prior read a portion of the Rule of St Benedict, before the Lay members were presented with a copy of the Rule.

First of all, every time you begin a good work you should pray to Him with total commitment to bring it to perfection, so that He who has already been kind enough to count us as His sons will never be disappointed by our doing wrong.”

The Archbishop blessed and then presented Pectoral crosses to each Lay Member, while Nathaniel acted as Sub Deacon and Book bearer.

Thanks to our Associate Michael Woodward for the photographs

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Next Sunday there are only two services in the Incumbency , both here:
8am Holy Eucharist & 3.30pm the service detailed below

Holywell Community

The Holywell Community year starts on Sunday August 11th. Having said the offices of Lauds and Sext privately, the year formally starts with a Sung Eucharist at 3.30pm at which the Archbishop of Wales will be the Celebrant.

Prior to making their promises before the Archbishop members of the Community will hear a portion of the Rule read to them by the Prior.

The Communion Motet will be Trust in the Lord words from the Book of Proverbs set to music by Tim Pratt, Director of Music at the Priory, for our Prior’s Collation Service here on Epiphany 2012.

A good friend of the Community the First Abbot of Mucknell, Rt Revd Br Stuart OSB will be the preacher.

Among the guests expected at this service are families of the Community Members, the Archdeacon of Monmouth, other Diocesan clergy and Sisters from the Ty Mawr Convent.

It is customary for…

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