Thursday, January 20, 2011


On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, an Epiphany  Carol Service (complete with mulled wine and mince pies was held at beautiful Tewkesbury Abbey) This former (now Anglican)Benedictine Abbey has a very close connection with Gwent, as its monks once inhabited Goldcliff Abbey and served it, as the monks of Gloucester were granted St Gwynlliw's (Woolos') monastery in Newport and administered it. This included Marshfield church near Peterstone and various other churches including Bassaleg. The singing of Lullay mine lyking by Holst and many other wonderful carols in the spaces around the abbey church was stunning and a worthy tribute to Carlton Etherington, Choirmaster and Benjamin Nicholas the superb organist. Choirs from all over the Anglican spectrum in the area joined together to promote an audio visual feast. The singing of Bethlehem of Noblest Cities and The First Noel, complete with choir kings and full organ was very inspiring as was the work of hundreds of volunteers, providing all the candle displays and mince pies. It was very happy and ecumenical occasion, as many Catholics attended, complete with Christians of all Protestant denominations! At the end chalk was blessed and each Christian given a piece of chalk to draw over the lintel of their house , proclaiming it to be Christian.A wonderful evening enjoyed by many, and much credit must be given to Rev Paul Williams the vicar and all his team for organising it for the whole community!

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