The Rector writes ‘As I am writing this I am getting ready to head off with the Mothers’ Union on our annual day out. We are heading off to Glenview Gardens near Enniskeane.
Following that we will go to Dunmore House near Clonakilty for dinner. I am watching the rainclouds gathering from the office window but it won’t matter as we will all be in ‘holiday’ mood. Everyone needs to take some time away from their normal activities and of course this would have been the original reasoning behind the Sabbath. It is during these times of rest that we can recharge ourselves and start remembering what is truly important to us. I will ‘recharging’ on my holidays from next Friday 7th until the end of August. All of the Pastoral emergency contact details, along with who is taking the Services in my absence, are inside this Linksheet and they will be printed on the front pages while I am away. I will see you all for the United Service in St John’s Church on Sunday 30th. Here’s hoping the sun shines down in Baltimore for my holidays (and of course here’s hoping that there are no pirates around……… see the random notes on the back page!)’
Rector’s Holiday Arrangements
The Revd Isobel Jackson will look after all Pastoral emergencies while the Rector is away. She may be contacted at 021-4831236
9th Holy Communion, St John’s and St Mary’s : The Rt Revd Michael Mayes
16th Morning Prayer St John’s , Holy Communion St Mary’s : The Revd Peter Rhys Thomas
23rd Morning Prayer , St John’s and St Mary’s : Keith Roberts
warning! Some of the Gravestones behind St Mary’s Church have been deemed unstable by our Health & Safety team and are marked with red and white Hazard Tape while the County Council address the problem. Please do not let your children play near these gravestones. Thank you.
‘Grace and Flavours’ a collection of thoughts, prayers and graces accompanied by 50 delicious but simple seasonal recipes to take us through the church and calendar year. €4 per copy. Buy one after church or ask Hilary about them. Monies raised from booklet sales will go towards our Mothers’ Union ‘Mums in May’ countrywide fundraising. Thanks for your support. (HD)
Nohoval Parish Fundraising Afternoon – Cheese & Wine & Elderflower Cordial. Sunday 9th August, 3-6 p.m., at George & Joyce Gleasure’s home. Honesty Marquee. All proceeds to benefit Nohoval Church organ refurbishment. Everyone welcome.
August 3rd. No Toddlers plus one (Bank Holiday)
August 5th Midweek Eucharist 10.30am St Mary’s
August 10th Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
August 30th United Service 11am St John’s
August 30th Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s
Sept 4th Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden
Sept 27th Blessing of the Animals Service, 11am St Mary’s
Oct 10th Harvest Supper 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall
Oct 11th Harvest Eucharist 11am St Mary’s
Harvest Evensong 7pm St John’s
Random Notes CXLVII
On the mantelpiece in the Glenbrook home of that marvellous lady, Jill Hingston, is a small cameo painting of a Victorian lady. The painting is of Eleanor Hull, a paternal relative of Jill’s.
Eleanor Hull (1860-1935) was co-founder of the “Irish Text’s Society” in 1898 and remained as honorary secretary for nearly 30 years. She translated from old Irish to English, two hymns in our current hymn book (572 & 633).
However, she also versified one of the top-ten most popular hymns – number 643 “Be Thou my Vision”. The Hull family hailed from Leamcon in Schull, West Cork. In the early 1600’s Sir William Hull was Vice Admiral of Munster and was described by his own superiors as “an encourager and countenancer of pirates”. Piracy was rampant in the South West coast of Ireland at the time.
At the height of the crisis, in 1611, the English authorities stated bluntly that the pirates who plagued their ships had two main bases: Barbary and the Irish West Coast. Since piracy had never been made illegal in Ireland, the footloose freebooters of Devon and Cornwall began to hang around Roaring Water Bay, like Hell’s Angels at a holiday resort. The area became increasingly lawless and disreputable. Between 1603 and the early 1620’s, towns like Leamcon and Baltimore were every bit as wild as Port Royal or Tortuga Bay were in their heyday: risky to live in and downright dangerous to visit.
So next time you are sweetly singing “Be Thou my Vision” in Church, thank Eleanor Hull for translating it. And just for a moment perhaps, picture in your mind the world of wild West Cork in the seventeenth century.