THE glass bowl or ciborium in front of Fr Ian Wright SSC, Anglican Chaplain
of All Saints’, Cologne, is much travelled.
Some years ago, May Mills of St Mark’s, Tipton, in the Lichfield
diocese, was visiting a pub with her husband, and happened to be
talking about their recent visit to Cologne and its Cathedral.
A former soldier who was present said that he had been in the bombed
cathedral in 1945 and had found the bowl inside a beautiful container. He said
he would like to give it to May, as she was a churchgoer, for safekeeping. She
later gave it to St Mark’s, where it remained for nine years.
Eventually, it came to the attention of Patricia Marsh, the deanery lay
chairman, a frequent visitor to Germany, and worshipper at All Saints’,
Cologne. It seemed right to everyone that the bowl should be restored to its
home city, and it was recently returned there, to be blessed anew by Fr Wright.