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Date: 18th December 2011


This is hot off the press but I will have to leave many other blog. subjects till after the Christmas festivities but really wanted to share this with you.

One of the Huguenot Congregation, Rosemary Harridine, had requested that the Archbishop should be present at our Christmas Service and he found time to fit us in.

Our Congregation is usually very small but whether it was the fact that we were having our Christmas service, or the presence of the Archbishop, the attendance had increased fourfold.

I was quaking in my shoes because I’d been asked to read and, as I don’t have a French bible, had to more or less sight read. Anyway I think it passed off reasonably well.

The service was most enjoyable and made even more so by the fact that the Organist was playing from the service agreed at a meeting two weeks ago and had overlooked the fact that there was a new Order. So, even the fluent French speakers were lost as we appeared to have the words to the wrong music. Even the Archbishop raised his eyebrows and smiled.

At one stage we couldn’t find the words to Gloria in Excelsis Deo so several of us sang in English and when we couldn’t remember the words la-laaed. Actually the mistakes broke the ice and by the end we were all smiling and thoroughly enjoying ourselves which is as I think God / Jesus would wish it to be – a joyful coming together.

The service was conducted by the two stalwarts Christine and Anne and the Archbishop gave a very brief address in excellent French.

Afterwards we repaired – without the Archbishop – to Chom Chom for our traditional Tea, Cake and chat. I was flattered at being told my reading was very good and I would be asked again – Wow. Was also asked if I were a chorister. I’d love to join the Canterbury Choir but I cannot read music – although I do know how long one sustains the various notes and I sing ‘by ear’ if you know what I mean.

Anyway, must get on.

A Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy and Happy New Year.

A bientôt et beaucoup de mes amitiées. Jan


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