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It is very good to be back with you after our week in the Isles of Scilly, bringing with me the prayers and blessings of St Agnes’ Church, at the southwestern tip of the UK.
Besides our regular services this coming Sunday, including the Taizé Eucharist at 5.30 pm, I am delighted to announce the imminent return of two familiar and treasured – though very different – events in the St Mary Abbots calendar.
Each year as you will remember, we hold a Requiem Eucharist around All Souls’ Day at which we remember and give thanks for all those who have died in recent years. This year the service will take place at 5.30 pm on Sunday 31st October. Our professional choir will sing movements from Faure’s Requiem as part of the service; we shall be reading aloud the names of all the recently departed, together with those remembered in our parish community; and the congregation will be invited to light individual candles in memory of those dear to them. If you would like a particular person to be remembered in the list read out, please either write their name in clear capital letters on the form at the church doors, or write to Leonora, firstname.lastname@example.org. This year, some people are also kindly offering donations towards the provision of musicians and singers for this Requiem, in memory of a particular person. The name of these people will be included in a printed “In Memoriam” list at the back of the Order of Service. If you would also like someone to be remembered in this way, Leonora can also give you the necessary details of how to do this, though please do not feel under any obligation. We are so aware that this has been a particularly difficult couple of years for those recently bereaved who have faced loss and grief in unusual circumstances and often in isolation, and we do hope that this service will offer an opportunity to remember before God all whom you have loved but see no longer.
Less than a week later, thanks to the skill and efforts of the Events Committee, we are also thrilled to be able to celebrate Bonfire Night in the Vicarage garden, on Friday 5th November from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets for this family event are already available on the events page of our website here (and selling fast!) and we look forward very much to welcoming you to a wonderful evening of sparkling lights, excitement and warming food and drinks as the nights draw in.
Further autumn, Advent and Christmas events and services will be announced in these weekly emails, in the newsletter, on the website and on social media over the weeks to come! I look forward very much to seeing you soon.
God, our light and our salvation, illuminate our lives, that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and, looking on your beauty, may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Common Worship Daily Prayer)
With my love and prayers,
14th October 2021
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