Wednesday, January 09, 2008
A crowded hall...
...of parents of First Communion children, on a rain-splashed night in Banstead, Surrey. I had travelled from London, and how wonderful it was to arrive and discover St Anne's church glowing with light, a most glorious crib scene in the sanctuary, the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar, and people praying. Outside the wind howled as we knelt there, and the church felt a real place of refuge. We said the Divine Praises. Then after Benediction, into the hall where there was a bustle of people coming and tea and coffee being poured, and then I was introduced and giving a talk to this large and lively group, parents of some 40 First Communicants. It was all very friendly and alive and enjoyable, and the joy stayed with me through the journey home on the bus with the rain still lashing down...and into the warm house with mugs of tea and Jamie there with the latest DVD from the Daily Mail with an instalment of the excellent BBC Brideshead.
Posted by Joanna Bogle at 8:17 pm