Mothers' Union May 2019

I do hope you have all had a good and blessed Lent and Easter.

There was not a meeting of Mothers’ Union in April at Hazelwood as the date was Maundy Thursday.  Members were encouraged to go to the Methodist Church for a service of Tenebrae led by Rev Graham Miles. It was a very quiet, contemplative service. From the service sheet I quote…

“The word Tenebrae is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story...the service was originally designed for Good Friday. The service starts out with the church in candlelight.  There are as many candles as there are readings (8 in this case) plus a white, Christ candle.  As each reading is completed a candle is extinguished until only the Christ candle remains then someone reads the first part of Psalm 22 which Jesus quoted on the cross and then the Christ candle is also extinguished leaving the congregation in near total darkness – and near total devastation.  At this point the service ends and the people leave in silence.”

Everyone who went appreciated the experience.  We were sat in the round with the candles on a table in the centre.

Once again our May meeting will not be at Hazelwood as those who wish will be going to the Mothers’ Union Gloucester Diocese Quiet Day at Nympsfield.

In June, we welcome June Dolphin who will talk to us about her experiences with Samaritan’s Purse.

With love,    Kay