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The Sixteen

12th September 2015 7.30pm at Tewkesbury Abbey in 2015 The Sixteen takes a trip back to...
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Abbey Booklets on sale

A range of booklets about Tewkesbury Abbey are now on sale in the Abbey Shop. Buy any two of the...
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Early Music Young Composers Award

National Centre for Early Music, Young Composers Award 2014 Freya Ireland, our very own Head...
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Morning Prayer


Start Time : 07:30:00


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Holy Communion

There is a service of Holy Communion every day in the Abbey


Start Time : 08:00:00


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Evening Prayer


Start Time : 17:30:00


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Prayer Tree

A Prayer for

 

Mum may you rest in peace, and your soul be in heaven

 

Posted by David Ralphs at 10:21 on 16/02/2015

A Prayer for

 

Please prayfor all parents, especially for parents of children with special needs.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 05:06 on 03/02/2015

A Prayer for

 

I pray for all those who visit our churches, abbeys and cathedrals. May they be filled with the knowledge of God's love and receive strength and comfort for their needs. I pray for all those who are lonely, confused, afraid, ill or bereaved, that they may find comfort and hope for the future.


I give thanks that the love of God is with all His people. May we always feel His presence within us and surrounding us.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 09:56 on 02/02/2015

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for my sister's brother in law Mark in New Zealand who has been diagnosed with cancer. Lord, I pray for healing for him and that treatment is successful.

 

Posted by at 11:25 on 30/11/1899

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for our friend who is visiting her family in South Africa, before facing cancer treatment for a second time. She is a very special friend and desperately needs your prayers.

 

Posted by at 12:12 on 30/11/1899

Roof Bosses at Tewkesbury Abbey

 

The ribs of the lierne vaulting of the Abbey's many ceilings 
intersect in a variety of ornately carved stone bosses.
Most famous are the fifteen above the central nave which illustrate the life of Christ. Most unusual are those that flank them, above the sides of the nave, which show angels playing musical instruments.

 

The last supper bossThe God Bossa ceiling boss

 

             Boss showing The Last Supper          Boss showing Christ in Majesty

 

In the aisles, ambulatory and chapels gilded bosses abound, amongst them over 50 foliate heads, 

Blue Green Foliate Head

more commonly known as Green Men. Although regarded as pre-Christian, they are found in religious houses all over the world. There are four main types of Green Man: ‘foliate’ in which the face becomes leaves;  ‘disgorging‘ where leaves issue from the mouth; ‘bloodsucker’ where branches and leaves spring from the mouth; and ‘Jack in the Green’, often simply a head peering out of a frame of foliage. The meaning of these foliate heads is much debated. Some regard the Green Man as a fertility figure, while others now consider him to be a representation of one of the seven deadly sins, probably Lust.  One common theme unites them all: the communion between man and the natural world.