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Nine hundred at our Patronal Festival
7th November 2011
 


 
  

Over our Patronal Festival week, All Saints has seen 906 people at our services, with five hundred people receiving the precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, not least our seven new members who were Confirmed by The Right Reverend Norman Banks SSC, Bishop of Richborough, yesterday morning.

The week commenced with two Masses on All Saints’ Day; at 12:30pm the All Saints’ Singers led our lunchtime celebration, including a rendition of Martin Shaw’s festal anthem With a voice of singing. At 6:00pm the combined choirs of Boys, Girls and Men led a congregation of nearly three hundred people in worship and song. We were delighted to welcome The Worshipful The Mayor, The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and Fr. Ben Archibald, the new Parish Priest of St Mary the Virgin with St John, Kettering. Fr. Ben preached an excellent service which challenged us to do our best, not only in Worship and Music, but also in our relationship to each other, and in our Mission to the people of Northampton. The Mass was sung by the choir to the Missa Brevis by Philip Stopford, and the motets The Fair Chivalry and Holy is the True Light, by Robert Ashfield and Sir William Harris respectively, were sung. After the service, the choir’s new CD – Carol of Joy – was launched, and over 350 CDs were sold in aid of choir funds.

The next day the Solemn Requiem Mass was sung at 6:00pm by the Choir of Boys and Men to the setting by Gabriel Fauré. We welcomed another excellent visiting preacher, Fr. Philip Ball, Rector of Abington; the combination of his words, the dignified Liturgy, and the wonderful choral singing left many people in no doubt why

this is perhaps the most moving service of the year.

On Thursday the Director of Music welcomed a further hundred people to his monthly organ recital, this time featuring music by North American composers, and including music for All Saints (Richard Proulx’s Variations on For all the Saints) and All Souls (Samuel Barber’s famous Adagio); the recital finished in festive mood with a transcription by Richard Pinel and Edward Whiting, former Organ Scholar and Director of Music respectively, of two of John Williams’ Marches – from Star Wars and Indiana Jones! A goodly collection was taken at the end of the recital to help defray some of the costs involved in having our windows cleaned.
 
  

On Sunday morning another congregation of three hundred came to Church for the first visit of The Right Reverend Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, who Baptised two infants, nine older children and adults, Confirmed seven choristers, and celebrated the Holy Mysteries. The combined choirs were in evidence once again, this time singing Malcolm Archer’s Missa Omnes Sancti, Parry’s I was glad and Ossewaarde’s Draw us in the Spirit’s tether. In addition to this, they gave the world première performance of Professor John Caldwell’s setting of Ecce sacerdos Magnus, which

was sung at the Reception of the Bishop before the service commenced. We were delighted to welcome Professor and Mrs Caldwell, who also joined the Bishop, Churchwardens and many of the congregation at an excellent luncheon after the service at Little Houghton House, for which we offer thanks to Mr and Mrs Davidge and their small team of helpers.
 

 

After a week with nine hundred in attendance we move on to Remembrance Sunday, which usually sees around one thousand in Church for the 10:00am Service of Remembrance, and more still at the 6:00pm Requiem for the Fallen, which this year is sung by the Girls and Men, accompanied by instrumental ensemble, to the setting by John Rutter. The Preacher at the 10:00am Service of Remembrance is The Reverend Canon Geoffrey Neal, Assistant Priest at All Saints, and at 6:00pm the Preacher is The Reverend Timothy Curtis, Parish Priest of St Anne’s Orthodox Community in

Northampton. All are welcome to these service, but you are advised to arrive early to guarantee a seat!
 

 



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