Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dduw graslon,
diolchwn am fywyd dy wasanaethferch y Frenhines Elizabeth,
am ei ffydd a’i hymrwymiad i ddyletswydd.
Bendithia ein cenedl sydd yn galaru oherwydd ei marwolaeth
a boed i’w hesiampl hi barhau i’n hysbrydoli ni;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd.

Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Giving thanks for his devoted service as Prince of Wales,
we ask you bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together
so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dduw tragwyddol, gweddïwn dros ein Brenin newydd.
Diolchwn am ei wasanaeth ffyddlon tra bu’n Dywysog Cymru
a gofynnwn iti fendithio ei deyrnasiad, a bywyd ein cenedl.
Cynorthwya ni i gydweithio
fel y gall gwirionedd a chyfiawnder, cytgord a thegwch
ffynnu yn ein plith;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd.


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November Services at the Shrine Church of St Melangell

November is traditionally a time for remembering with All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Bonfire Night recalling the Gunpowder Plot and Remembrance Sunday all marked this month. Stir Up Sunday is part of this and originally got its name from the collect for that day which started with, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.” This, the start of the week before Advent, later led to puddings being made in time to mature for Christmas with each family member stirring the mixture and making a wish. Various customs began to develop, such as the pud having thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus with his disciples and then being stirred from east to west in honour of the Wise Men who travelled in that direction to find the Christchild. It became part of the preparations for the Christmas celebration at a bleak and dark time of year. 

Originally the pudding was frumenty, a savoury type of pottage with grain, meat, dried fruit and spices. Later, it became more of a plum pudding and was banned as being too rich by the Puritans in England when they tried to do away with Christmas itself although this was reinstated by Charles II on his restoration in 1660. George I was said to have eaten a pudding at his first Christmas meal in England, becoming known as the ‘Pudding King’, and then Prince Albert made it fashionable in the Victorian additions which are so much part of Christmas today, with charms or coins being added to the mixture as tokens of good luck to come.  It was also served with a sprig of holly on top, originating from pagan times as a sign of fertility but later representing Jesus’ crown of thorns with flaming brandy marking the Passion. 

Nowadays, much of this has been forgotten and Christmas puddings are often bought rather than made at home, after which they would have been wrapped in a cloth and boiled for hours before being left to mature. This year, Stir Up Sunday may have a different significance with so much being stirred up by what’s happened since the new Prime Minister took office. Internationally and nationally, there was already disruption due to the war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, the increase in Covid cases and the loss of the late Queen. On top of all this, the fiscal policies announced since have been controversial and have stirred up further uncertainty and turmoil. What now lies ahead?

In the midst of it all, the collect for Stir Up Sunday this month reminds us that it originally asked for wills to be stirred up rather than puddings. If this present confusion leads to the will to make a difference for good when faced with such turmoil or shakes up what may have been taken for granted, then feeling mixed up about the situation may be part of this beginning to happen. So take heart from what evolved historically and remember as preparations are made at a bleak time of year for whatever lies ahead that at least Christmas hasn’t been banned. Yet!!

Sunday Services of Reflection will be held at 3pm on 6th November

13th – Remembrance Sunday. There will also be a Service of Remembrance at the Memorial Hall in Llangynog at 10.45am.

20th – Stir Up Sunday and the start of Prisoners’ Week.

27th – the First Sunday of Advent.

These will be followed by refreshments at the Centre.

Holy Eucharist will take place on Thursdays at noon, followed by lunch at the Centre.

Please note that the 17th will be noon prayers due to the Clergy School in Swanwick. 

A Julian Group will be held at the Centre on Friday November 25th at 10.30am. 

For further details, please contact admin@stmelangell.org or ring 01691 860408.

With my prayers; pob bendith,

Christine, Guardian.

For further details, please get in touch via admin@stmelangell.org or the Centre on 01691 860408.

Diolch – thank you!

Regular services

Thursdays at noon – Eucharist or noon prayers

Sundays at 3pm – Service of reflection

For further information, please click here, or please contact the Guardian as above.

All dates for services are provisional and will be held according to the relevant Government and Church in Wales guidance at the time. For confirmation, please ring 01691 860408, check at stmelangell.org or contact guardian@stmelangell.org  Thank you – diolch!