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Letter from the Rector – Feb 2012

February is a kind of bridge month, beginning usually when the hand of winter lies icily on the countryside and ending with growing signals of spring pointing towards the warmer part of the year.

Among the Church’s seasons too, we have reached a point of transition. The Second of February brings the beautiful feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, otherwise known as Candlemas. The more informal name comes from the custom of distributing candles to the congregation that they might bear the light of Christ in their own hands as his parents bore the infant Jesus into the Temple in Jerusalem to give thanks to the Lord. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – Feb 2012

Pilgrimage is on the increase. More and more people make pilgrimages; perhaps they walk to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, or travel to Walsingham in Norfolk or Lourdes in France or one of a host of other holy sites. There are many holy places in our border country, like Patricio just north of Abergavenny. Each day our own Cathedral welcomes many pilgrims. It was the second most important mediaeval pilgrimage centre in England with people flocking to the shrine of St. Thomas Cantilupe, elected Bishop of Hereford in 1275. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” records some of the stories told on the way to the most important shrine, that of St. Thomas Becket. (more…)