CANON PATRICK’S 93rd LETTER

Dear friends,
Happy St Patrick’s Day! As I am 69 today, this is very definitely my final St Patrick’s Day in
Christ Church. The Welsh-born Apostle of Ireland has been my companion, guardian and
guide throughout my life. I hope you’ll forgive me for including his most famous prayer:
‘Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me,
Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend
and stranger.’

Four years ago, in the early hours after my 65 th birthday I had the most massive of my
several heart attacks. Providentially I was a patient in the Cardiac Unit of Glangwili at the
time, and a wonderful team of doctors and nurses succeeded in bringing me back to life
again. Since then, every day has been a bonus. During the Covid crisis we are repeatedly
given the number of those who have died from the grim virus. However, perhaps there
should also be a record of all those whose lives have been saved as a result of the efforts
and self-sacrifice of so many dedicated medical staff.

The reopening of hairdressers is a great relief. I’ve an appointment booked with Jayne for
this Thursday, and look forward to losing the curls that are repeatedly mocked by Helen.
Strictly speaking, I should have waited for another fortnight, because Maundy Thursday is
also known as ‘Shere Thursday’. In the Middle Ages it was the day on which the clergy
always had their locks shorn so that they would be suitably tidy for Good Friday and Easter.
ZOOM SERVICES: Wednesday 17 March (St Patrick’s Day) 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST
(p.287); Thursday 18 March 7pm ‘HOLY HABITS’ LENT COURSE; Sunday 21 March (Passion
Sunday) 9am HOLY EUCHARIST (p.88); 5pm EVENING PRAYER; Wednesday 24 March (The
Annunciation transferred) 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST (p.243); Thursday 25 March 7pm
HOLY HABITS’ LENT COURSE; Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday/Sul y Blodau) 9am PALM
SUNDAY EUCHARIST (special readings); 11yb CYMUN SUL Y BLODAU (t.91); 5pm EVENING
PRAYER; Wednesday in Holy Week 31 March 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST; Maundy
Thursday 1 April 6.30pm ZOOM AGAPE and MAUNDY THURSDAY ADDRESS; Good Friday 2
April 10.30am VIDEO OF PASSION PLAY; 2pm THE LAST HOUR ON THE CROSS. We are
hoping to hold an EASTER EUCHARIST in CHRIST CHURCH at 9.15am on EASTER DAY (and
services in Llangynnwr and Newchurch at 11am). There will be a Welsh Eucharist the
following Sunday (Y PASG BYCHAN) at 11am. Seats will be limited because of social
distancing, so please contact Delyth, Rosemary, Malcolm or Kristie well in advance.

Canon Patrick

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