Count your blessings – total raised

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Lent fundraising effort and especially to Freda Davies, whose brain child this is. The final total collected is £4190.21 to which will be added approximately £700 from Gift Aid recovered in due course.

Although I say ‘final total’, this does not mean that further contributions will be refused! If you are considering making a donation please do not hesitate.


Roy Milnes – Treasurer

Prayer Course 2

We’re beginning the Prayer course 2 this week, running for 5 sessions on alternate Tuesdays starting at 7.15 pm for around 1 hour, 20 minutes.

There are just five sessions which are running fortnightly: Tuesday 20th April, Tuesday 4th May, Tuesday 18th May, Tuesday 1st June and Tuesday 15th June.

The course covers the deeper implications of unanswered prayer and is good to do at this Eastertide, as it uses the themes of Holy Week and Easter.

Church Electoral Roll Revisions

The electoral rolls of the three parishes are being revised ahead of the Annual Parochial Church Meetings.

In the case of St Mary’s, Ross, the APCM is on Wednesday 12th May, 2021. The revision of the electoral roll needs to be completed before then. If you’d like to be added please use the online form as soon as possible.

If you prefer paper you can download an application form and return it to the church office (or collect one from there).

This is the church’s register of its members; a list of those qualified to attend and to vote on a number of Church matters (locally and nationally).

Further detailed information on electoral rolls can be found on the Church of England website.

Renewal of the electoral roll takes place every six years (next renewal is in 2025). In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must make a new application to be included on the new roll.

A Commemoration Service for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

A Commemoration Service for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will take place at St Mary’s on Friday 16th April at 6 pm. Unfortunately we can only accommodate a specially invited congregation but the service will be live streamed to YouTube.

If you do not have the technology in place to watch this at home we are making provision for it to be simultaneously screened in St Mary’s Hall. Please book a place if you wish to be a part of that.

More information, links and booking is on the home page of The Ross Parishes website:

Expressions of condolence can be made publicly on our Ross Remembers website. We will make sure that any comments left here are made a part of the national record.

The Death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We join with all the people of Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts in expressing our deep sadness at the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We acknowledge his long devotion to the HM The Queen, the Nation and the Commonwealth.

Please respond to this post if you wish to record your condolences.

The church is open until 5pm each day for the next week for private prayer. Please respect social distancing while inside the building.

The Royal Family has requested donations to charity to mark the Duke’s death. If you prefer to lay a floral tribute it can can be placed on the triangular area of grass to the right of the north door.

Herefordshire Churches in the early 14th Century

The Churches Conservation Trust has been running weekly lectures on Thursdays at 1 pm. They’ve been first rate!

Today’s was delivered by Nigel Saul on the subject of the development of churches in Herefordshire in the early 14th Century. You can watch it here. St Mary’s is, in essence, an early 14th Century building.

I can personally recommend his recent book on the same subject – Decorated in Glory

Crucifixus – Antonio Lotti

Here’s a testy piece for Good Friday, recorded by the choir this week and used in this afternoon’s three hour service. It’s the seventeenth century Venitian composer, Antonio Lotti’s 8 part piece, Crucifixus.

He was crucified also for us, under Pontius Pilate he suffered and was buried.

Palm Crosses

This week we celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Don’t forget to collect your palm cross from St Mary’s before the service on Sunday. The church is open from 9-5 tomorrow, as usual.

Join us at 9.30 on YouTube. There’s also a Family Service, via Zoom, at 11 am.

A scrumptious apple to help Christine’s garden grow

Taking inspiration from ‘Jesus Christ the apple tree’ (a very Herefordshire image!), and knowing that Christine will be replanting her garden following building work, our gift to Christine from the Ross Parishes was this lovely Herefordshire grown apple tree together with garden vouchers. Hanging from the tree were also packets of fun seeds to grow from St Mary’s Messy Church. Sean