CANON PATRICK’S 100th LETTER

BISHOP JOANNA HAS ASKED US TO REMEMBER THE QUEEN & HER FAMILY IN OUR PUBLIC
PRIVATE PRAYERS AS WE GIVE THANKS FOR THE LIFE OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Dear friends,
When I started writing these letters last year as an emergency response to the Covid
lockdown, I never thought that I would eventually reach my hundredth epistle (putting St
Paul in the shade – though, in his case, quality was more important than quantity).
However, you may be relieved to learn that because restrictions are being gradually
loosened, and Helen is also increasing my share of pre-retirement chores (it’s amazing how
much junk you can accumulate in over 20 years in a large house), I shall now be cutting
down to one English letter a week, as well as the fortnightly Welsh one. Many thanks to
Delyth for so kindly distributing my epistolary ramblings via e-mail.

This Sunday is often known as ‘Low Sunday’, because of a sense of anti-climax after the
glorious celebrations of Easter Sunday. I personally prefer the Welsh ‘Pasg Bychan’ or ‘Pasg
Bach’ (‘Little Easter’) which has a delightfully intimate feel to it. The Gospel description of
the resurrected Christ’s appearances usually take place in meetings with small groups of
people in informal settings (a garden, an upper room, a roadside inn, a lakeside barbecue)
which are not dissimilar to some of the situations we find ourselves in at present. I’m still
hoping that the weather may permit my middle daughter Mair to come over from
Pembrokeshire for a family get-together in the garden, for example. It’s a reminder that the
risen Christ is not just with us in church, he is present with us wherever we may be.

Bank standing order forms are at the back of the church for those who wish to use them to
contribute their ministry share/church contributions (please contact our Treasurer, Mr Nigel
Roberts, for any further advice). We are looking for a new church hall cleaner. If you know
of anyone who might be interested, please could you get in touch with Lynette or Rosemary.
Our Pre-vestry meeting (the equivalent of the old Easter Vestry) will be held on Zoom on 22
April at 7pm. The LMA Easter Vestry will be held on Zoom at 7pm on 27 April (those
intending to attend should e-mail admin@brocaerfyrddin.org.uk by 7pm on 20 April).
There is still a plate at the back of the church to receive contributions for our Christmas/Lent
Appeal for the Salvation Army and Armenian refugees.

SERVICES: Sunday 11 April (Easter 1/Y Pasg Bychan) 9am ZOOM EUCHARIST (p.129); 11yb
CYMUN BENDIGAID (t.129) yn Eglwys Crist; 5pm ZOOM EVENING PRAYER (Eucharist in
Llangynnwr at 8am); Wednesday 14 April HOLY EUCHARIST in Christ Church (p.129). Seats
have to be pre-booked because of limitations caused by social distancing. Please contact
ROSEMARY BOWEN (English services) & MALCOLM JONES (gwasanaethau Cymraeg) to
ensure a place. Canon Patrick

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