November 2019 Message from our Rector

A Message from the Rector

 

‘There’s rosemary, That’s for remembrance; pray you, Love, remember.’

Ophelia’s words in Act 4 Scene 5 of Hamlet.

 

November is a time of year for remembrance. We start with the Feast of All Saints on 1st November when the church remembers all those who have gone before us in the faith. All Saints was traditionally known as All Hallows, and the day before was All Hallows Eve (Like Christmas Eve) which is where the term Halloween comes from. The 2nd November is the feast of the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls, when we remember those who have died. Then of course we have ‘Remember, Remember the fifth of November’ where we celebrate Bonfire night, remembering the gunpowder plot. Finally on 11th November we remember those who have died fighting for their country in wars both past and present. 

 

So November is the season for remembering what has gone before. It is time to pause and take stock of where we are in life, to help us reflect on what really matters, remembering that ultimately our life is short and we should make the most of the time we have. ‘There’s rosemary, That’s for remembrance; pray you, Love, remember.’

 

Reverend Joachim Foot


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