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Every knee bowed here, at any rate

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19 August 2009

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From the Revd Nick Bromfield

Sir, — The feast of the Name of Jesus may have gone AWOL in the liturgical revisions of the ’60s and ’70s (Leader Comment, 7 August), but, as the only Anglican church in England and Wales with the dedication of the Holy Name of Jesus, please be assured that this feast was celebrated here at Lydbrook, in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Gloucester diocese, on 7 August, a day that also marked the 159th anniversary of the laying of the church’s foundation stone.

In preparing for the service, I was struck by the power of devotion to the Holy Name in both liturgy and prayer, and by the depth of the impression that the holy com­munion service made on the congregation.

This power remained with me as I conducted a wedding the next day, and we recalled that Jesus was present at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and that he is present with us now; a fact, not a feeling, that I could clearly discern in the eyes of the bride and groom.

NICK BROMFIELD
The Rectory, Oakland Road
Harrow Hill, Drybrook
Gloucestershire GL17 9JX

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