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Fr Christopher installed as our new chaplain

A great day in the annals of the Beauchamp Community. This afternoon Fr Christopher was installed as our Chaplain, in the presence of the Lord Bishop of Worcester, the Archdeaon and Lady Morrison, our patron. 

One of the prayers from Fr Christopher this afternoon:


O God, make the door of this house wide enough

to receive all who need human love and fellowship;
Narrow enough to shut put all envy, pride and strife.
Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children,
nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back the tempter’s power.
God make the door of this house the gateway to thy divine kingdom.

Amen

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Fr John's last service as Acting Chaplain
  
This was the last service taken by Fr John in his role as Acting Chaplain and fitting that he should have the honour of being the first priest to celebrate Mass in front of the restored reredos which was disasterously overpainted in 1928.   We were joined by the Hon. Lady Morrison, our Patron, whose great great grandfather, Frederick 6th Earl Beauchamp, build the church.

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Video on the history and restoration of the ​decorative scheme
  
For the last five years we have been restoring the High Victorian decorative interior of this Grade 1 listed church, considered to be one of Clayton & Bell's masterpieces.   The last major part of the restoration was the reredos, overpained in thick, ugly colours in 1928 and this was completed in May 2019.   The result is breathtaking. 

I have great pleasure in presenting this video which I have compiled on the restoration of the decorative scheme of  St Leonard’s Church.  

For optimum viewing please use 'full screen' - extreme right hand button

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The Commissioning of our Ikon

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.
  

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22 March 2019  :  We welcomed to St Leonard's some of the monks from Mucknell Abbey, including Brother Michael who was commissioned last year to write our Icon of 'Our Lady of Tenderness'

This was dedicated at Mucknell recently and is the first time the Brothers have seen Our Lady in situ.  There was great rejoicing! 
  

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