Lord God, you are King,
shortly we will remember your enthronement in heaven,
Your name will be above all names,
yet in your great love for us
you call us to be one with you and each other.

You are a God who has shown us the
power of love and forgiveness,
You teach us truth and justice
You alone are good.

Help us we pray, to be glad that we
belong to you; from sunrise to sunset
may our lives and our lips
exalt and honour your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus, Redeemer of the world, Good Shepherd of the sheep,
watch over us Holy One of God, look kindly upon us,
move within our life and keep our eyes fixed on you.
Don’t let our hearts be drawn towards evil,
protect us from the snares of death until you guide us safely into
green pastures where our souls may want for nothing,
our souls may rest secure and we shall see your glory.

A Prayer for Easter

In the shadow of our suffering
is the suffering of Jesus.

In the shadow of our weakness
is the vulnerability of Christ.

In the shadow of our human pain
is the God who cried out.

Though we rejected him
Christ is always with us,
we are never left alone,
for by virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection
joy has come into our world.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia Amen! 

New Burial Ground Botanical Companion

The charity Caring for God’s Acre promotes the conservation of burial sites of all kinds and in support of its work a Burial Ground Botanical Companion has been produced, which has two parts; a simple survey involving counting plant species followed by some simple identification of different plants to give an indication of grassland type. The A5 sized Companion will help people get started in learning about grassland plants, how to record species and what can be done with the information. It is not necessary to be able to identify every plant; people can simply have a go at as many stages in the Companion as they can. More information here.

Prayer for Holy Week

Along with your disciples
deeply our hearts praise you, O Lord
Great things you will do for us
but not before suffering the pain of the cross
and the wrath of mankind;
as we read and journey through Holy Week,
speak to us Lord, warm our hearts,
strengthen our faith to believe
and fill us with your joy anew
when we hear the news of the angels
the tomb is empty, and all that you foretold is true.

Though we cannot understand,
in faith let us give thanks
‘HE IS RISEN.’ Death has been conquered.
Alleluia, Amen


The Gathering at Harper Adams University takes place from 8th to 10th July and everyone in the Diocese is invited to sign up for it  Have you looked at the Gathering web-site:

Brochures (which include the booking form) are now in all our churches, and are available at the Hereford and Ludlow offices and at Ludlow Mascall Centre.

It’s a Gathering not to be missed with key-note speakers including the Rt. Rev’d Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Waikato, NZ; Rev’d Neil Hudson from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity; and Rev’d Mike Pilavachi, founder and director of Soul Survivor. Daily Bible study will be led by the much-admired and highly respected Gordon Mursell, formerly Bishop of Stafford and Dean of Birmingham, and Jo Brand is the speaker at the Gathering Dinner. Make sure you get hold of a brochure, and complete the booking form to be there, in the Gap as we gather together to ‘Mind The Gap’.

Election Hustings 2015

I am delighted that all the candidates for the Ludlow Constituency election have agreed to attend a hustings meeting at St. Mary’s East Castle Street on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. The meeting will take an ‘Any Questions’ format and candidates will be asked to respond to general and local questions put to them by the electorate in turn. I will be in the chair to direct proceedings. The meeting is expected to be ninety minutes long and will be an opportunity for the whole community to come and hear the views of our candidates first hand.


As chair I am hoping to ensure a broad range of topics will be covered, local and national, and to that end I wish to invite people who are planning to come to submit questions in advance. Please address these to me at the Rectory, 16 East Castle Street in envelopes marked ‘Hustings.’ If time permits there may well be the opportunity for further questions direct from the floor. The candidates will NOT be notified of the questions before they are put.


Please also take the opportunity to encourage friends and neighbours to attend.


Simon Cawdell

EARTH HOUR 28th March 2015 8.30 – 9.30pm

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wild Fund for Nature [WWF]. This event has been held annually since 2007 and last year more than 10 million people took some part. The Hour begins in Samoa and ends in Tahiti and has grown to include 162 countries and territories. The Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential electricity for ONE hour. The idea is to raise awareness of climate change and to demonstrate that we care about the planet.

The Dean and Chapter have agreed that the Cathedral will participate and our floodlighting will be switched off for one hour. Inside the Cathedral there will be a candlelit meditation and prayer for the planet.

Please join us for ONE Hour to show you care for the Earth!

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