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The Church’s Year-12 June 2013

On one wet Wednesday night a group of some 30 dedicated people congregated in church for an evening of enlightenment on the intricacies of the church’s year, as narrated by our Verger, Paul Wilson.

Vestments-and Paul!
Vestments-and Paul!- Click on the image to enlarge

Advent frontal and Vestments
Advent frontal and Vestments
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In true chronological fashion Paul started with Advent and described in detail the Altar frontals appropriate for this season. He also showed us the Priest vestments that are used during this season.

Following Advent we were shown the magnificent Christmas altar frontal made for us by Fr Leonard Childs.

Detail from Christmas frontal
Detail from Christmas frontal
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hessian frontal
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This was then followed by the plain hessian frontal (another Leonard Childs design) for Lent.

At this point Paul introduced a diversion and told us about the oil we use during the services of baptism, anointing the sick and for the departed. Unbeknown to most of us Paul informed us that on Maundy Thursday there is a gathering of priests in the district who receive a new supply of oil blessed by the Bishop.

The evening continued into Holy week and Easter Day, pointing out the different types of Paschal candles with an explanation of the candles’ origin.

The final part of Paul’s interesting lecture was an explanation of the display of the church’s silver including the two thuribles (which are used to burn the incense) and when each should be used.

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The evening ended with refreshments and raffle (prepared and organised by members of the Friends Committee) in the Saints. Thank you to all concerned for an entertaining, enjoyable and very informative evening.

Helen Phipps



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