Monday Feb 5th
A very jolly weekend with two parties - an engagement party on Saturday evening in London (lots of pleasant young people, pink champagne, agreeable chats about wedding plans, long talks with older friends) and then a birthday party in Oxfordshire on Sunday (leisurely traditional lunch, pink champagne, log fire, tea with home-made cake).
The Sunday party was preceded by attendance with our host and hostess at their local (Anglican) church. Some v. agreeable hearty hymn-singing of some of Charles Wesley's best. A goodish number of young families. At one point, introducing prayers, there was supportive mention of stand taken by Catholic bishops on adoption policy. Simple - extremely simple, almost austere except for a pleasing anthem - Communion service. (I have a dislike of fussy liturgy). Glorious church, with Norman tower and lovely Lady chapel with newly-restored statue.
OH, and before anyone gets worried and starts writing cross comments to this Blog..., no we didn't take part in Communion, and yes, I know it wasn't a Mass, and obviously I went to Mass earlier and am perfectly aware of all the issues involved..........