The Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross,

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Rector's Message

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The Season of Carols is behind us – almost. And here is a last one, heard and recorded in Burnside, Kentucky in Summer 1912.


“Virgin Mary, meek and mild, She gave birth to a little child,
Great day comin’,
Comin’ soon.
Never been there before,
Never been there before.


Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, run get your keys,
Lock up your door on the Pharasees.

Gabriel, Gabriel, oil your horn,
Get yourself ready for the Resurrection morn.”

The carol looks both to Christ’s Nativity, and also to his Resurrection; and sets both in an on-going future:

“Great day comin’, Comin’ soon.
Never been there before, Never been there before.”

Our lives are governed, partly, by the Seasons. If it is warm or cold we feel it. Sometimes we are ready to do a great deal. Sometimes we are happy to rest. But there are Seasons we never see, but by which we are ruled. These are the statutes of heaven: to know God and be known by Him; to do right and exercise goodness; to excel and yet be humble; to build up and to hand on; to enjoy life and be ready to leave it; and lastly to be entered upon an eternal inheritance. Great day comin’, Comin’ soon. Never been there before, Never been there before.

Yours very truly,

Ian Whittle
The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246