WHAT A FABULOUS WAY to draw a sunshiney April to its close. A wonderful Easter celebration here in Bramhall, with Easter holidays richly blessed by bright blue skies, if still just a little chilly. Once again St Michael’s was further blessed by the handiwork of our local angels and the Resurrection Day dawned for us in a sea of colour, scent and glory, many of us having had our hearts and lives rekindled by the light and warmth of Saturday’s Easter Fire, in our gloriously renovated and restored tower. Easter liturgy in St Michael’s is such a joy.

And then on, in heart and mind, to Westminster on Friday morning. I make no secret of the fact that I’m given to tears at the drop of a hat. Family and friends joke that I’m the only man known to them who’s able to cry about some of the more tranquil scenes in Postman Pat. So I probably don’t need to give much of an account of myself as the strains of Sir Hubert Parry’s incomparable “I was glad” soared into the vaults of Westminster Abbey’s heights (via our TV screen)  save to say that I was well-nigh overwhelmed.

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have drawn millions of well-wishing hearts to themselves. Their siblings looked as though they were glad to go into the House of the Lord for this most marvellous of events, and happy dispositions gladdened hearts all over the world. The inspired bringing-in of the trees and other magnificent Abbey decorations, the attendants, the bells, the choirs, the clergy, the carriages, the orchestra, the organ, the bride and groom’s own prayer, the precision, the trumpeters, the liveried uniforms,  William Walton’s Crown Imperial – and I must mention the gloriously inspirational television photography – all of it lifted my soul.

Resurrection! New Life. New Start. New Heart. As we now begin to look forward to the Feast of Pentecost we are already richly inspirited. God bless William and Catherine. God bless James William and Susan who were married here in St Michael’s earlier today. God bless the New Hope already rekindled in Church and Nation. For many rich and abundant blessings the people of St Michael & All Angels in Bramhall have cause to say THANKS BE TO GOD!

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