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Letter from the Rector – May 2015

At the heart of the month of May this year lies the Christian feast of the Ascension.  Now this really is the Cinderella of festivals. There is a kind of stepladder of secular recognition of the Church’s year. Christmas is of coursed balanced on the top rung with massive commercial activity and huge sentimentality and a genuine attempt to gather together with those we love at midwinter; Easter is still hanging in there, and by the way it was lovely to see so many people in our churches this year, our numbers were well up; Pentecost/Whitsunday is noticed if only by people rolling cheeses down hillsides in the Cotswolds or towns staging huge football matches that resemble riots – but Ascension, on a Thursday in late spring, who notices? Well, (more…)

Letter from the Dean of Hereford – May 2015

When the General Election takes place on 7th May, I and 30 members of the congregation from the cathedral will be on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, and so we’ll have registered for a postal vote. You may think that there’s a sense of ‘getting away’ from the hurlyburly of politics in this clash of dates but the more I think about it, the more I reckon what we’ll be doing in Walsingham says rather important things about May’s vital decisions. (more…)