Madley Parish Church Crypt Dedication

At a special communion service on Sunday 8th March 2009 the newly-restored Crypt at Madley was re-dedicated; over 100 people attended this event, at which the music was provided by singers and musicians from the Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School. The Dean of Hereford, the Very Rev. Michael Tavinor preached about pilgrimage, and reminded us of the saints who had made pilgrimage to Madley over the centuries, perhaps on their way from Wales to Walsingham. He said that we are all on a journey through life which over time brings us closer to God.

The service was conducted by the Vicar, Rev. Simon Lockett, and included a procession at which most of the congregation walked outside the church to gather in the crypt. As we processed we sang "One more step along the world I go", to remind us of our pilgrimage. We then each lit a candle to signify those times in our lives when our pilgrimage had been full of light, and to remember those times when the way had seemed to be dark.

It is planned to use the crypt for private prayer and meditation, for small meetings, for some youth events, and for those who are on a retreat.

The icon above the altar was made by Barnabas Wilson of the Orthodox Church in Bath, and represents the Holy Trinity; it depicts the three angelic visitors who spoke with Abraham at Mamre.

Photos by Colin Barratt (Frogmore Photos).