Friday, November 22, 2013

St John Payne... of the 40 Martyrs canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970. And today a fine school in Chelmsford bears his name.  A warm welcome, and it was an honour to be there and giving out prizes gained in the 2013 Schools Bible Project. Curiously moving to see rows and rows of teenagers sweep to their feet and begin their prayers with the Sign of the Cross. The school uses the daily lectionary as a base for its prayers. The Scriptures were beautifully read out, and one of the main prizewinners, Megan, teamed up with a friend to read aloud her essay about the Raising of Lazarus. Afterwards we all gathered in the chapel for some photographs. All along one wall were stacked a great array of beautifully decorated Christmas boxes, each filled with gifts and goodies, ready to be shipped to places of need - the school does this every year and has sent over 5,000 over the years.

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