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Fitting memorial

07 March 2014

A HANGING pyx, which holds the reserved sacrament, is rare, but a newly commissioned silver one now hangs in St Mary with St George, in the London parish of Hornsey. Designed and made by a young English silversmith, Phil Jordan, it commemorates the ministry of a previous Rector of Hornsey, Prebendary Geoffrey Seabrook, who died after a long illness in 2011.

Made from solid silver, it was wholly financed by the fund-raising efforts of the congregation, which included a champagne-and-shepherd's-pie lunch, wine-tasting, a barn dance, a junior Summer Fayre, a school non-uniform day, a concert by the English Baroque Choir, and many personal donations.

"My predecessor, Fr Geoffrey, was a man of great commitment to this parish," the current Rector, the Revd Bruce Batstone, says, "and a model for the Christian life nourished by the sacraments of this place.

"It was always his hope to reserve the sacrament more centrally in the church, and it is a fitting memorial to his nearly 40 years of service for the new pyx to hang directly above the altar that the people of this congregation will remember him standing behind."

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