Bream Parish Magazine
APRIL, 1954 PRICE 3d.
Vicar: The Rev. J. W. DAVIES, B.A. Whitecroft 376
Churchwardens: Mrs. G. M. O’Driscoll. Whitecroft 319 , Mr. W. O. Davies. Whitecroft 363
8.00 a.rn. Holy Communion
10.30 a.m. Matins, Address and Choral Communion
2.30 p.m. Sunday School at the School
6.30 p.m. Evensong and Sermon
Tuesdays, 7.00 p.m. Evensong
First Wednesday, 12 noon Holy Communion
Thursdays, 7.30 a.m. Holy Communion
SAINTS’ DAYS: 7.30 a.m. Holy Communion
We give thee thanks, 0 Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come because thou hast taken to thee thy great power and hast reigned.
CALENDAR FOR APRIL
4 Fifth Sunday in Lent.
6 Tuesday: M .U. Deanery Service, Coleford, 3 p.m.
11 Palm Sunday.
12 Monday: M. U. Meeting, 7 p.m., at the School.
13 Tuesday: Evensong and Address 7 p.m.
15 Thursday: Holy Communion 7.30 a.m.; Evensong and Address 7 p.m.
16 Good Friday:
Litany and Ante Communion 8 am.;
Matins and Sermon 10.30 am.;
Devotional Service 2 to 3 p.m., taken by the Rev. Evan Evans, of Parkend.
18 Easter Day:
Holy Communion 7 and 8 a.m., 12 noon and 7.30 p.m.;
Litany 10.15, and Matins and Choral Communion 10.30;
Evensong 6.30 p.m.
25 First Sunday after Easter.
27 . Mark, E.M.: Holy Communion 7.30 a.m.
My dear Parishioners,
This time of the year makes us all feel better. The winter has been long and hard, but the beauty of the spring flowers, the splendour of the trees, and the green lusciousness of the meadows, bring new hope and joy, and make us feel better.
But the change which the coming of Spring makes in us is small compared with the change produced by the message of Easter. The knowledge that Christ rose from the dead should make an indescribable difference. As an illustration of this influence, let us recall the following true story. Reichel, the great conductor, was rehearsing his choir for a production of the Messiah. The chorus had sung through to the point where the soprano solo takes up the refrain I know that my Redeemer liveth. The technique of the soloist was perfectfaultless breathing, accurate notes, splendid enunciation. When the final note died away all eyes turned on Reichel for hi look of approval. Instead he silenced the orchestra, walked up to the singer with sorrowful eyes, and said quietly, Do you know that your Redeemer lives, do you? Why, yes, I think, I do, she replied. then, sing it,the conductor replied,Tell it to me, so that I will know, and all who hear will know that you know the joy and power of it.Then he motioned to the orchestra to play again. This time the soloist sang the truth as she knew it, and had experienced it, and all who heard, wept under the spell of it. The old master approached her with tear-dimmed eyes and said, you do know, for you have told me.
The knowledge of Christ crucified, but risen from the dead, left its mark on her song. We may not be professional singers, but the Resurrection of Jesus Christ should influence our daily task, if we really believe it. We need that influence in our industrial, economic and social life now as never before, if we are to resurrect the greatness of our national life. We have had a long winter, but Easter is with us, and Easter means hope.
FIVE GOOD REASONS
Dr. Hugh Elmer Brown gave five reasons why he does not go to the cinema. We seem to have heard them before in another connection!
1 was made to go too often when I was young.
2 Nobody ever spoke to me when I went.
3 When I have gone, I’ve always been asked for money.
4 The manager never calls at my home.
5 The people who go don’t live up to the fine things they see in the pictures.
IS THIS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY?
The Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, not so long ago announced that of the young conscripts entering the Royal Navy:
Only 23 per cent. can say the Lord’s Prayer correctly.
Only 72 per cent. know who Christ was.
Only 39 per cent. know where Christ was born.
Only 83 per cent. know what Christmas Day celebrates.
Only 62 per cent, know what Good Friday commemorates.
Only 45 per cent. know about Easter.
Only 2.5 per cent. know about Whitsun.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
What about our observance of Holy Week? Cannot we make it a fitting prelude to the great Festival of Easter, and so enter into the joy of that festival all the more fully?
Attending a week-day services like this, I realise, does entail hardship and sacrifice. But can we plead hardships when we think of what happened on Calvary?
May I first of all wish all the readers of this Magazine a very happy Easter, full of the power and splendour of Christ’s victory. And I do hope that Easter will bring access of comfort and strength to all those who have been bereaved during the past twelve months in the parish. May each one of us realise anew what a great hope is set before us. May the joy of our Lord’s Resurrection inspire us in all tasks laid upon us as His people. And may we have the power to communicate that joy to others!
There is a rubric in the Book of Common Prayer at the end of the communion service which states And note, that every parishioner shall communicate at least three times a year, of which Easter to be one.
Evensong on Easter Day will take the form of a memorial service for all those who have died during the last twelve months.
Decoration of Church for Easter Day: We shall be grateful for any kind of flowers with which to decorate our Church for the Easter Festival. These should be brought to the Church on the Saturday morning, before Easter Day. We also make an appeal for as many helpers as possible to turn up.
The Churchyard: May I again remind people that before they order a curb, or headstone or vase; or think of putting or adding an inscription on the existing ones, they should come and see the Vicar first. His permission must be obtained before anything is put into the churchyard.
An Appeal: Sometime ago a friend of mine lent me a Bream Magazine dated 1867 and a number of magazines dated around 1900. But I wonder if anyone reading this has in his possession copies of old magazines dating further back than 1867? If so, would they please be willing to lend them to me for a day or so?
8 Edgar Watkins, aged 61, The Eaves, Bream.
23 Charles Voyce, aged 72, Mill Hill, Bream.
6 Frederick Thomas White, aged 53, Woodside, Bream.
11 Alice Mary James, aged 43, Mill Hill, Bream.
12 Harry Landers Mountjoy, aged 72, Mill Hill, Bream.
Number of Communicants and Collections:
Feb. 14 19 £2 19s. 4d.
21 18 £1 17s. 9d.
28 41 £2 16s. 8d.
Mar, 7 21 £3 8s. 5d.
25 ,14 £2 2s. l0d.
18th and 25th, Miss Fraser.
All our old frontals are being sent, as a gift, to a tiny mission church for seamen at Spurn Point, near Hull. It is being furnished entirely by gifts and will serve a very isolated community.
The Lenten vestments, made here and given to the church four years ago, have been sold for £4 to a church near Norwich.
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