Today, St. Barnabas, Woodford Green celebrated the Centenary of the Consecration of their Parish Church with a wonderful Concelebrated Solemn Mass. Father Donald May who is looking after the parish during the interregnum was the principal celebrant with Father David Moore and Father Mervyn Jennings. Father Roderick Hingley sat in choir with the Venerable Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham who preached. The Mass Setting was The St. Barnabas Mass composed by Alan Thurlow, Organist Emeritus of Chichester Cathedral and sometime Chorister and Organist of St. Barnabas. Alan Thurlow was in the congregation. Also the occasion was honoured by the attendance of the Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge amongst many other guests.
The service commenced with a Procession round the church to the Hymn “The Son of Consolation” to the tune Kings Lynn.
During the Communion the choir sang the anthem “Antiphon to Magnificat at the Feast of All Saints” by William Byrd. They were conducted during the service by their Organist & Director of Music Ray Chandler and the organ was played by Tim Storey, Deputy Organist.
After Mass we went to the Church Hall for a festival lunch with food from Cyprus the birthplace of St. Barnabas served with wine and soft drinks.
I’m please to say that after my visit to the osteopath I am now able to move around although the back is still painful – I have to have another treatment on Tuesday