Photos 2019

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The church dressed for Candlemas

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Dedication of our commissioned Icon

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Icons are Sacred Art.  They are not for display in a corridor or on a staircase wall and admired for the sake of it, but have a much deeper  liturgical significance.  As part of the liturgy, Icons are there to help us draw closer to God.  
 
To this end, and almost a year ago, our church commissioned an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child from Br Michael, a monk at Mucknell Abbey.  Each day Br Michael worked on the Icon he prayed for our community and church.      Our prayers are also with Br Michael who broke his spine in a fall at the Abbey and is now confined to a wheel chair, yet from this adversity he has discovered this great God-given gift.
 
Completed a few weeks ago, the Icon of ‘Our Lady of Tenderness’ was dedicated on Wednesday in the chapel at Mucknell Abbey by The Rt. Rev. Michael Hooper, Honorary Assistant Bishop to the Diocese of Worcester with due solemnity but also with great simplicity.  All those who attended were deeply moved by the service and the Icon itself.
 
This was a also great act of witness by the community and church as almost 30 people attended the Dedication Mass then watched the Icon being carefully transported back to St Leonard’s.
 
Br Michael, in his own quiet and unassuming way, says this is his finest work to date and with this we wholeheartedly concur – a powerful image of rare beauty which will help draw us closer to God.

Brother Michael on a visit to St Leonard's to view the Icon in situ.

First time the complete Lenten Array was in use, with Fr Chris wearing the chasuble

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