Palm Sunday this year surprised us all with a
spectacular snowfall. Whilst churches and Cathedrals
across the country were forced to cancel services due to
the weather, service at All Saints continued as usual!
As though the additional challenges posed by the snow
were not enough, the services at All Saints were
scheduled to begin at St. Peterís Ė and continue at St
Peterís they did!
St Peterís is our sister church, included in the parish
of All Saints with St Katharine & St Peter in
Northampton since 1998, and designated Grade 1 by
English Heritage. The stunning early 12th century church
has been in the care of the
Churches Conservation Trust since 1998, and they
have restored the church so that its architecture,
decorations and furnishings can now be fully
appreciated. One downside of such an historic building
is that it does not have the modern comforts we have
come to expect Ė comforts such as heating! However, with
the full choir of boys, girls and men, plus most of the
congregation, the snug Norman church was soon full to
bursting and quickly warmed up.
Following a short service following the Liturgy of the
Palms, at which the palms were blessed, the choir and
congregation processed up a very snowy Horsemarket,
moving into Gold Street, before arriving at All Saints
where the service continued with High Mass and Liturgy
of the Passion.
That evening, the choirs gave a liturgical performance
John Stainerís magnificent Crucifixion, given
at 6:00PM in place of Evensong. Joined by additional
singers from across the county, this splendid work of
Victoriana is ever-popular, and the congregation joined
in the hymns with gusto, more than making up for the
snowy weather outside. And so began the week of
preparation for Easter.