On Tuesday the little quais-parish of St. Anselm in Pembury welcomed visitors from afar to the daily celebration of Mass. From Precious Blood, London came several LOG’S (Ladies of the Ordinariate Group) led by the ever cheery and energetic Dame Joanna Bogle. They particularly enjoyed hunting out the wonderful hassocks which they helped create for our sanctuary and Sacred Heart chapel.
And all the way from South Carolina in America came able musician, Steve Collins. He kindly played the organ before the Divine Worship Mass, and sang a beautiful hymn to Mary during communion, which he composed to the tune Woodworth; more usually associated with the hymn ‘Just as I am’. He is currently touring England and, being a member of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in America, wanted to see what has been happening here in Kent. He will also be present at the Ordination of ten new deacons for the Ordinariate on Saturday at the church of St. James’ in Spanish Place, London.
After Mass I gave a talk, and shared photographs, about the activity of recent years. I myself found this worthwhile as one tends to forget just how much has been achieved in Pembury, thanks to a wonderful congregation and friends from afar, in a short period of time. We have much to be thankful for and the evidence points to a God who rewards orthodox witness and multiplies that which is given to his glory.
After the talk tummies were rumbling- so we headed to the Camden Arms for some much needed sustenance. We were joined by St. Anselm’s parishioner Janet Ditchett who was a real help on the day offering lifts to the visitors and having earlier delivered local elderly penitents to the confessional. A happy day.