Now preye I to hem alle that herkne this litel tretys or rede, . . . I beseke yow mekely, for the mercy of God, that ye preye for me that Crist have mercy on me and foryeve me my giltes . . . so that I may been oon of hem at the day of doome that shulle be saved.
The readings, this year, were done in Middle English.
First reading from 1 Jeremiah 31:7-9For the Lord seith these thingis, Jacob, make ye ful out ioye in gladnesse, and neye ye ayens the heed of hethene men; sowne ye, synge ye, and seie ye, Lord, saue thi puple, the residues of Israel.
Lo! Y schal brynge hem fro the loond of the north, and Y schal gadere hem fro the fertheste partis of erthe; among whiche schulen be a blynd man, and crokid, and a womman with childe, and trauelynge of child togidere, a greet cumpeny of hem that schulen turne ayen hidur.
Thei schulen come in wepyng, and Y schal brynge hem ayen in merci; and Y schal brynge hem bi the strondis of watris in a riytful weie, thei schulen not spurne therynne; for Y am maad a fadir to Israel, and Effraym is my gendrid sone.
The second reading comes from 2 Hebrews 5:1-6For ech bischop takun of men, is ordeyned for men in these thingis that ben to God, that he offre yiftis and sacrifices for synnes.
Which may togidere sorewe with hem, that beth vnkunnynge and erren; for also he is enuyrounned with infirmytee.
And therfor he owith, as for the puple, so also for hym silf, to offre for synnes.
Nethir ony man taketh to hym onour, but he that is clepid of God, as Aaron was.
So Crist clarifiede not hym silf, that he were bischop, but he that spak to hym, Thou art my sone, to dai Y gendride thee.
As in anothere place he seith, Thou art a prest with outen ende, aftir the ordre of Melchisedech.
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Many said this year’s music was the best ever. Compliments to all the dedicated singers and instrumentalists.
And Mr Arnold, the videographer, seems to be here there and
We’ll keep you posted.
Signing a few books is always a pleasure.
It's been 10 years plus that we’ve had special Chaucer celebrations. The first was in the year 2000, the 600th anniversary of the poet’s death. In 2005 we finally took pictures! Earlier celebrations can be seen by clicking on the year: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.