We were treated to a selection of wines from around Europe and learnt something about the saints associated with them. In this Tour we encountered St Martin (of Tours, naturally), Ste Geneviève and St Tryphon the pruner, among others.
Canapés were served and we sang verses of “For all the Saints…”
The Blessing Ceremony was performed by Veronica and was held at St Cross Church, Knutsford by kind permission of the Vicar and PCC. The church has some stained glass windows designed by Burne-Jones and made by Morris & Co – the Arts and Crafts company founded by William Morris. The West window is particularly fine.
The reception afterwards was at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford.
Matt and Issy had their civil (legal) wedding in Issy’s home town of Koessen in the Austrian Tirol. Their marriage will be blessed in the UK later this year. We haven’t seen the “official” photos yet, but here is a selection of snaps
St Oswald’s held its first Pet Service today. A varied selection of God’s creatures attended, including a number of pets. There were representatives of Mammals and Reptiles as well as some more symbolic creatures. Such as rocking horses for example.
There were a large number of dogs in the congregation, who vigorously joined in the applause at the speeches during the service. There were no cats. Perhaps this was just as well. A llama and a miniature horse made guest appearances.
Some of the humans explained their roles in looking after some of the other animals who share this planet.
Canon Veronica blessed all the creatures who had attended the service. Then there was coffee and cake. And dog biscuits.