Latest News December 2017
Sunday 17th December 2017 saw the chapel well filled for a Christingle Service.
There was a wonderful turn out on a fine but cold December afternoon with about 60 adults and 15 children.
We had some of the traditional Christmas readings from the Sisters and during the carols which followed each reading the children brought forward the Crib figures; animals, Mary and Joseph and finally Sr. Carole brought up the baby Jesus – a week early but a must for the little ones.
Father Steve had some wonderful assistance from the younger children in building a Christingle and then the Christingles which had been “made earlier” by the OHP sisters were distributed.
Once the Christingles had all been lit the children sang the first verse of “Away in a Manger” and we all sang along with verses two and three.
Father Steve led the “Christingle Carol” on his “famous banjo” and we ended the service with a rousing “O Come all ye Faithful” before the final blessing.
The congregation then departed to the Castle dining room for mulled wine and mince pies and a lovely time of fellowship.
OHP ASSOCIATES LETTER December 2017
Greetings for Advent and Christmas.
As I begin this letter on November 30th (St Andrew’s Day), the view from my window is of the moorland hills on the far horizon, covered in the overnight deep snowfall, with the trees and gardens knee-deep in beautiful crisp-like snow and in the silence of an early morning!
Again this has been another busy and momentous year for Sisters major Anniversaries. Sister Alison celebrated her Diamond (60yrs) anniversary. Sisters Dorothy Stella and Benedicta their Golden(50yrs) anniversaries, the Ruby anniversary (40yrs) was mine! And Sister Linda her Silver (25yrs).
Each Sister chose her own readings, hymns and music settings for the Eucharist, which in turn were followed by a buffet lunch with varying numbers of invited relatives and friends.
Another “red-letter” Day was on November 3rd, when Archbishop Sentamu came for the Licensing of Fr. Steve Foster as our new chaplain. A Sung Eucharist, with Deanery and local clergy present, followed by lunch in the Priory Refectory. After this, we all followed the Archbishop to the top of the garden where in the presence of the architect and building contractors, he cut the first sod for the new Priory.
On November 20th heavy equipment, including mechanical
diggers, arrived and good progress is being made on the foundations as I post this letter!
During our Advent preparations for Christmas we become more aware of this world’s apparently increasing darkness and the social evils of our time over the whole of God’s creation.
But Advent also reminds us that it is a particular time to
reflect on the hope and expectant faith in the Incarnation of the Light of the world—a time, once again, for turning to God and of seeking Him afresh in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ—a time to reflect in thanksgiving for the light shown to us in the corner of our own darkness. Christ came into the world and brought new life and new thought.
The world would say, ‘Happy are the rich’; He said, ‘Blessed are the poor.’ The world would say, ‘Fortunate are the prosperous’; He said, ‘Blessed are they who mourn.’ The world would say, ‘Lucky are the popular’; He said, ‘Blessed are they who are persecuted.’ These things He said, not really with any allusion to material poverty or to eulogize unpleasantness or misfortune, but because His point of view was always the spiritual point of view. The values which He came to reveal as all-important are the spiritual values, and so he would have us realize that it is infinitely better to have peaceful consciences rather than endless material possessions, to be caring more about the integrity of our lives and our concern for peace and justice and the needs of others.
May the Light of the Christ Child fill our hearts with the Blessings of hope and faith, joy and peace this Christmas-tide and in the coming Year.
With love and my prayer
MAUREEN RUTH OHP
Warden of Associates
Posted On: 20/12/2017