Monday, 28 September 2015

Eulogy.

When I applied to be a lay reader twelve years ago a very determined woman, one of the first wave of female priests to be ordained recommended me to the bishop.
He decided that I was to be ordained and because I was well over 60 I need not start formal training. Instead he gave me Julia for a year. I followed her around for the year before I was deaconed and she taught me everything I needed to know about running a parish...
During that year we became friends and whilst I was a curate she helped me through several knotty problems. She preached at my priesting.
She also married us! Our rector here was on long term sick leave and Julia was pressed into action yet again.
The night before the wedding she arrived at my house....we had both done Evensong and it was quite late...
"Any champagne in the fridge?" There was....more than one bottle.....
The next morning we travelled to the lovely ancient church together...in her car.
We have been friends ever since.
She was a loyal, strong woman who I loved and my world is emptier this morning. She died on Saturday night and yesterday at the Cathedral we held silence for her...
She was at least fifteen years younger than me and I am once again this morning muttering against the unfairness of losing yet another of my loved ones...May she rest in peace and rise in glory....watch out heaven...
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