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Thanksgiving Service

Today I went to York Minster for the thanksgiving service for a past boy-friend. When I say that it was held in the Choir, you might think not many people. The Choir of York Minster is very long and we guessed that there were 2-300 people, or more.
The 'Tribute' was by Lord Jopling of Ainderby Quernhow - just Michael when I really knew him well. Beautifully done and took me back to my youth. There were readings by 2 of Joe's boys - men now but I think of them at Prep School with my son. The choir sang 'Set me as a seal upon thine heart' The hymns were stirring: Praise my soul, I vow to thee my country, Guide my, O thou great Redeemer and Jerusalem. The choir also sang God be in my head.
A Rifleman played The Last Post and Reveille on a bugle.
The organ filled the whole place with it's music.

It would have been interesting to have been in the nave etc when the organ rang out or the bugle sounded. The public were there throughout.

Far too many old friends are falling off the end of the log, but this was a great experience.

Posted at 3rd Sep 2010 - 09:44PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Thanksgiving Service Comments: 6

Silverhead's Avatar Lovely hymns. It's odd how we can remember all the words of these lovely songs of praise and forget so many day to day things. ConfusedConfused

Posted by: Silverhead on 4th Sep 2010 at 12:58AM

Camilla's Avatar Wonderful Hymns for the Tribute, Withy. Jerusalem I just love too, and I vow to thee my Country.

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Sep 2010 at 01:52AM

Withy Brook's Avatar You are so right, Silverhead. I remembered the words of Praise my soul and Jerusalem and much of the others. My memory day tot day is dreadful Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Sep 2010 at 09:06AM

Inthemud's Avatar Sounds like a wonderful send off for him.

Posted by: Inthemud on 4th Sep 2010 at 10:03AM

Angel's Avatar What a wonderful way to send him off Withy.
Bless you.

York Minster is one of those places that make me feel very emotional - just the sheer magnitude of it.
And how beautiful, the service sounds.

Jerusalem is my favourite hymn and is very special to me and my Nan. It is is very significant to Glastonbury.

Here's some history you may not know. The words allude to the Joseph of Arimathea legend created by William Blake. But my Nan sang it at the Glastonbury Town Hall when it was re-opened after some refurbishment. Nan was a very small girl so approx 1925, I'm guessing. It was a very grand affair and much publicity surrounded the event as it was the very first time the famous music and words were put together into the hymn. Sir Hubert Parry put the words to the music.

When you think how famous the hymn has become since Nan first sung it. Many people think it has been a hymn for hundreds of years!


Posted by: Angel on 5th Sep 2010 at 03:05PM

Milla's Avatar How grand, WB, and what a glorious title he had!

Posted by: Milla on 6th Sep 2010 at 12:03PM

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