Saint Matthew – September 21st

(September 21st in the West, November 16th in the East) The Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27); he was one of the Twelve Apostles (Mark 3:18; Luke 6:45; Acts 1:13), and was brother of the Apostle James (Mark 2:14). He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a … Continue reading Saint Matthew – September 21st

The Rowan Tree and the Cross of Christ

Look around a churchyard and along with the ubiquitous Yew tree, you will often see a Rowan or two.  With its bright red berries increasingly visible in late summer, it’s inevitable that common garden (or churchyard) birds such as blackbirds and thrushes, will enjoy a veritable feast as they strip the trees of these delicious … Continue reading The Rowan Tree and the Cross of Christ

The Joyce Tomb in Cockshutt Churchyard

One of the Treasures of Our Benefice One of the chest tombs near the door of Cockshutt Church has a brass longcase clock dial set into the ledger stone.  The grave is that of John Joyce whose ancestors had lived in this locality for centuries.  One of those ancestors, another John Joyce, took over the … Continue reading The Joyce Tomb in Cockshutt Churchyard