9:45 AM each Sunday morning – Come and join us for our family communion service.
Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus (written in August 1917) has always been one of his most widely performed works. Its first performance in London in 1920 was an outstanding success; Ralph Vaughan Williams, the dedicatee, said he just ‘wanted to get up and embrace everyone and then get merry’. Yet perhaps it is taken too much for granted. There remains the mystery why Holst chose to set an obscure apocryphal text in ancient Greek at a time of national catastrophe in the First World War. What was he offering his audience? See below and play the music:
ASH WEDNESDAY 2015:
Couldn’t Put Humpty Together Again
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Humpty Dumpty is a children’s poem generally regarded as nonsense:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Nobody knows exactly who or what Humpty Dumpty was. The rhyme was first printed in 1810 and became famous through Lewis Caroll’s book, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, where Humpty Dumpty is shown as a round egg. However, it is a very old rhyme and goes back much earlier than this, so who or what was Humpty Dumpty ?
One idea taken most seriously was that ‘Humpty Dumpty’ was a powerful cannon, used during the English Civil War (1642-49).
During the siege of Colchester 1648, the church of ‘St Mary’s by the Wall’ was strengthened against attack, by putting a cannon on the roof. It caused a lot of damage to Lord Fairfax’s attacking Roundhead troops and drew a lot of return fire. Sometime during the 14th or 15th of July, the gun was hit and came tumbling down. The damaged cannon could not be raised again and after a few weeks, the Royalists lay down their weapons, opened the gates of Colchester and surrendered to the Parliamentarians.