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   Rector’s News June 2019

As I write this, it is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the middle of the year!

At the beginning of June we shall be hosting our annual Flower Festival.  This year the theme is ‘Colours of the Wind’ and takes its name from a song written for Walt Disney’s 1995 animated feature film Pocahontas.  A Flower Festival is a great occasion for drawing us in wonder and awe to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, as shown in the various flower displays with their thought provoking designs and vibrant colours.  In doing all of this, it reminds us of God who fashioned the world around us and calls us to be wise stewards of creation.  We are given another glimpse of God as we ponder the skill and creativity of those who have spent much time planning and constructing the displays.

Throughout the period of the Flower Festival we shall, as usual, welcome visitors from far and wide as they come to spend time at Holy Cross.  I very much hope that they will be touched by the various displays and that our welcome and hospitality will leave a deep impression on them too.  All of this reminds me of the section of the Rule of St Benedict which states, in chapter 53, that:

All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.

May this year’s Flower Festival be a time of joy, a time of welcoming guests, a time of sharing hospitality, a time to establish new friendships and to renew existing ones and a time to give thanks to God!

On June 9th we shall welcome the Bishop of Crediton, The Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, The Rt Rev’d Mark O’Toole, together with other pilgrims as we meet to give thanks for and to celebrate the life and witness of St Boniface.  Our celebration will begin with sung Evensong at 3pm at Holy Cross, during which Bishop Jackie will preach.  Following this, there will be a procession to the statue of St Boniface in Newcombe’s Meadow for prayers, after which the procession will continue to St Boniface Roman Catholic Church where Bishop Mark will preside at Solemn Benediction.  All of this will be followed, in the customary way, by refreshments!

The reason for our ecumenical service is that Devon County Council vote in late May on whether to formally adopt St Boniface as the patron saint of Devon and our Bishops thought, quite rightly, that it would give us a wonderful opportunity to join together in worship and in pilgrimage.  Our faith is a journey of pilgrimage amidst the everyday realities in which we live. Pilgrimage challenges us to be aware of a faith that prods us and moves us on, that encourages us to travel light and to find freshness in each new encounter with Christ the companion we meet on the way.

At the heart of pilgrimage lies our desire to encounter the God we know in Jesus Christ, where we touch a deep memory of faith that can speak to us today.  May St Boniface and our time together on June 9th lead us into such an encounter.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at both of our major events in June.

Your friend and Rector

Matthew Tregenza

Photographs © Bill Jerman