Thursday, 1 April 2010

Maundy Thursday 2010

A dark, cold and wet night for the Eucharist at 8.00 p.m. at St James South Elmham. A small congregation, some of whom stayed for the first 10-15 minutes of the "Watch" that lasted from the end of the service until 10.00 p.m. A minor triumph with this year's music - a CD of Abinoni's Adagios, which I put on as the Vigil began, and the disc ended exactly at 10.00 p.m. There was one other person besides myself at the close. But then I invite people to stay for as little or as much of the Vigil as they want, so I can't complain over their choice.

It now feels as if the Easter cycle is really beginning. Stations of the Cross tomorrow, and Hot X buns for those who want them later in the afternoon. The story has been set in motion. All we can do now is follow.

The image shows one of the many hand-carved panels that line the walls of the chancel in St. James.


  1. A menorah! So maybe Israel roots have penetrated as far as deepest Suffolk?

  2. The panel is part of a whole series of locally-carved images that were done in the 1920's. All sorts of birds, beasts and objects, as the craftsman's (and woman's) fancy took them.

  3. Well, well and there was I thinking that one of your predecessors understood the origins of judeo-christianity...and it was all just random the Anglican view of Creation.