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Dedication of Gifts at St. Augustine's 2015

“O worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness”

It has been a privilege, before retirement, to dedicate a number of gifts which will enhance St. Augustine’s Church in the years to come.

Stations of the Cross were dedicated on Passion Sunday in memory of Ann Moore. The figures were made in Spain and match the style of the altar piece and are particularly attractive when they catch the sunlight.

The 14 Stations of the Cross depict things that happened to Jesus on Good Friday from the time he was condemned by Pilate to the hour when he was laid in the tomb.

The Via Dolorosa... “The Way of Sorrows”... is marked out in a similar fashion through the streets of Jerusalem. In our own churches the miniature version allows those who cannot go to the Holy Land to follow spiritually with Jesus along the same path.

Click here to view the Stations of the Cross.

A candle stand has also been given by the Moore family for use in the Lady Chapel.

After Easter a magnificent set of red vestments was dedicated in memory of Percy and Pat Boyes. We have been lacking a good quality chasuble to match the beautiful red Altar frontal and the gift is particularly welcome.

The chasuble, burse and veil was made by Croft Design of Much Wenlock and the silk brocade was supplied by Watts and Son of Westminster and matches exactly the brocade found in the frontal which is probably more than 80 years old. We have been looking for this match for quite some time and the effort has been well rewarded.

The red frontal and vestments are used in church to mark the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and to commemorate the Saints who in times past and present have been martyred for the faith.

Rector in red vestments

A small plaque has also been fixed to the Choir Stalls in memory of Jean Gilbert. It is a modest memorial but it marks the significant contribution that Jean made to the spiritual and social life of St. Augustine’s over nearly 20 years. The Gilbert family have also made a generous donation to the organ fund which is so very appropriate as Jean was a keen singer and greatly valued the musical tradition of the church.

St. Augustine’s is a fine church full of many memorial gifts going back many years, all of which in their different ways help us to draw near to God and to appreciate God’s will and purpose for our lives.

“Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the off’rings to lay on his shrine."

Michael J Newman