Sunday, February 18, 2018

Te Deum Laudamus, St. Peter & St. Paul, Blockley

Te Deum Laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.
To thee cherubin and seraphin continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee:
the Father of an infinite majesty;
thine honourable, true and only Son;
also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.
Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
and we worship thy name, ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

Photos from St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Blockley
in the Cotswolds

For many photos of the interior of this late Norman church, built about 1180, check out my Anglophile Friday post

And because I know you'd love to hear Te Deum Laudamus in song, here it is, word for word:

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Have a blessed Lord's Day!


Friday, February 16, 2018

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Blockley - Anglophile Friday

Entrance to St. Peter & St. Paul Church
after you've walked through the graveyard.
A good reminder of the communion of saints.

'Blockley Church is a place for everybody to find support and to find the good news of Jesus Christ...St. Peter and St. Paul is at the heart of the delightful Cotswold village of Blockley. For more than a thousand years the church has been a landmark at the centre of the village. The church is open every day, and a prayer space is set aside to leave your own prayers.' - from the website of St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Blockley.

It's been a while since I've written a post about Blockley (have I ever?), so I thought I'd post several photos which will show you the exterior and interior of this beautiful little Cotswold church.

Psalm 139
To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David
Verses 1-6

Lord, thou hast searched me and known me,
Thou has known my down sitting and my uprising:
Thou understandeth my thought afar off
Thou compasseth my path and my lying down
And art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue but Thou,
O Lord, knowest it altogether.
Thou has set me behind and before
And laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
It is too high. I cannot attain unto it.

And because I thought it might be interesting to you to learn what happens on a weekly basis at that ancient little church in Blockley, I also copied the following from their website:

First Sunday of the month
8.30am: Traditional language Holy Communion - a quiet and prayerful service with short sermon at the start of the day.
9.30am: Open Door - a service for all ages, where all are welcome to eat something, learn something, pray something and sing something.

Second Sunday
9.30am: Holy Communion - music includes both traditional hymns and more modern songs with Common Worship liturgy.
6.00pm: Sunday at Six is a service for those looking for something different. Candles, reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God.

Fourth and Fifth Sunday
9.30am: Holy Communion - music includes both traditional hymns and more modern songs with Common Worship liturgy.

Third Sunday
9.30am: All-Age Holy Communion - a service for young and old alike taken from the book of Common Worship.
6.00pm: Sung Evensong with choir, hymns, a short reflection and silence.

Refreshements including Fairtrade freshly brewed coffee are served after all 9.30am services.

(P.S. And yes, the services were listed in that order.)

Note the ancient stepladder. ;-)

Itty Bitty Narrow Steps to the platform where the memorials are

 Pipe organ and Font
Note that ceiling

The 'Father Brown' mystery series is filmed in the little village of Blockley,
and the church scenes are from St. Peter & St. Paul Church.

Yes, this was the opening photo.
It just happens to be one of my favorites,
taken from the west end of the church, looking SE

Of all the villages we visited in the Cotswolds, Blockley is the one I would most like to visit again.

Blockley, fall of 2017

I'm hoping to post a bit more of St. Peter & St. Paul on Sunday's blog post - just in case you didn't get enough. :-)  We'll see.

Thanks for reading, friends!


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