|Fr Ellis reading the gospel. Photo taken by Simeon, age 4.|
Fr Silk celebrated the sacraments for us with his gentle authority and peace. He helped us reflect on the scriptures (which were read from the RSV, which is now the norm for the Ordinariate) and led us into a parable of his own, bringing out the meaning of the sacrament of baptism as the restoration of the image of God in us, just as a painting is restored revealing the true image originally intended.
As the Church is a stone's throw from the vicarage we opened our doors for a celebratory barbecue buffet. With lots of contributions from various kitchens we were able to share an abundance of food happily in the warm afternoon of Sunday, as our varied guests mingled together enjoying each other's company.
For the family it was a time of great joy. The day also carried for us a sort of calm, especially as we reflected how much the family had been through just recently: the birth, sickness and uncertainty about our future home. Now we know where our home is to be. Now Rose is in safe harbour, just as the rest of the family are.
Blessed be God for His generous gift of grace. As the psalm said today so our year has been crowned with God's goodness.
Fr Ian Hellyer