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HISTORIC HEREFORDSHIRE CHURCH JOINS THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY TO ENCOURAGE WIDER AWARENESS OF TRADITIONAL SERVICES image

HISTORIC HEREFORDSHIRE CHURCH JOINS THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY TO ENCOURAGE WIDER AWARENESS OF TRADITIONAL SERVICES

24th April 2021

A Herefordshire church with 12th century origins is the latest to become a corporate
member of the Prayer Book Society (PBS) which encourages rediscovery and use of
the majesty and spiritual depth of The Book of Common Prayer at the heart of the
Church of England’s worship.

Located atop a steep slope above a giant redwood tree planted in memory of Queen
Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the Grade 1 listed church of St Mary the Virgin is
at the heart of King’s Pyon, eight miles from Hereford.

The former village, now a small farming and residential community, is listed in the
Domesday Book of 1086, explains the curate, Fr David Wyatt.

Asked what prompted the church’s decision to join the PBS he said: ‘We feel that our
worship – Matins and Prayer Book Communion, both sung twice a month, as well as
Evensong sung in our chapel of ease at nearby Ledgemoor – are worth promoting to
the wider church. The Book of Common Prayer is the mainstay of our worship and
we hope that those for whom it is an essential part of their spiritual life will find a
home here.’

A small choir accompanies the services at St Mary’s making use of the rich musical
heritage that accompanies the Prayer Book along with anthems drawn mainly from
the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Litany, now rarely used in the wider church, is recited at St Mary’s at relevant
times of the liturgical year.

The curate added: ‘We see our church as a symbol of permanence and sanctity
which has always survived the troubles of the world. It is also a haven of comfort and peace and will continue to be so. We aim to communicate this by using the liturgical
and musical tradition of the Church of England.’

For more information visit www.wellingtonandthepyons.org.uk/church-2 and
www.pbs.org.uk.

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