Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man
From the Archives
Manx Church Magazine - June 1938
My Dear People,
I was glad to get away for a few days after Easter, after a strenuous winter. As some of you know, I went to a Priests' Convention at Tewkesbury Abbey. It was a most inspiring experience, for there were something like 250 priests gathered together from all over the British Isles to study and discuss the 'Liturgy' of the 'Holy Eucharist' - 'What it is, what it does, and the Liturgy at work.' Tewkesbury Abbey is one of the most beautiful Norman abbeys in existence, and a most fitting place for such a convention. Before the Reformation there were 18 altars in the abbey. They have all been restored, and it was a wonderful experience to know that each morning between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Over 100 priests celebrated the Holy Mysteries at those altars before the ordinary work of the day was begun. Nor shall I ever forget the inspiring Sung Eucharist with the Bishop of Brechin as celebrant at the end of the conference. The choir part of the abbey accommodated over 200 priests who sang our familiar Merbecke service with great devotion and beauty.
We are asked to take part in the thanksgiving meeting in Douglas on Sunday, June 19th, in the Villa Marina, offered for the blessing of the English Bible. The Bible is a priceless possession. We can never be too grateful to those who did their part in enabling us to read that Holy Book in our mother tongue. I hope you will make a note of the date and come and bear your witness.
The Sunday School Festival will be on June 26th. The Archdeacon of Luatala, in Africa, had promised to come, but unfortunately has had to cancel his promise. The special preacher will be announced later.
May I remind you of Whit Sunday. Many of you will have visitors, but I hope you will be able to get to church on that day.
Your sincere friend and Vicar,
Lewis C. Watson
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