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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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Remembrance Day Services

Services at Tewkesbury Abbey for Remembrance Day 10.00am Civic Service of Remembrance 10.45am Act...
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Our new Bishop

On Saturday 19th September a service was held in the Cathedral to Inaugurate the Ministry of the new...
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Today's Events

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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Parish Eucharist

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


Start Time : 09:15:00


End Time: 00:00:00


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Litany and Sung Eucharist


Start Time : 11:00:00


End Time: 00:00:00


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Choral Evensong

The Benedictine monks, who worshipped in this church for many years before the Reformation, prayed...


Start Time : 17:00:00


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Prayer Tree

A Prayer for

 

Please offer up your prayers to God for my parish clergy of St Eugene’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Londonderry, United Kingdom - Bishop Donal McKeown, Reverends Paul Farren, Patrick Lagan, Patrick McIntyre, Frank McLaughlin & Deacon Christopher McDermott, that our loving creator God will grant them blessings, guidance and protection this Christmas time. Amen.

 

Posted by at 09:21 on 20/12/2015

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for the soul of our dear sweet sister and sister in law who left us on the 7th December after a battle with lung cancer. Gone from our sight but not from our hearts.

 

Posted by at 04:41 on 11/12/2015

A Prayer for

 

Can you please pray for George my son to stay healthy and find a job. Also For tony my nephew to cure his psychoses and live a normal life.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 02:10 on 16/11/2015

A Prayer for

 

4 month old Sophie is having her first operation to repair a cleft palate and hare lip on 4 November 2015. Please pray for a successful outcome for her. Please also pray for strength for her parents at this difficult time.

 

Posted by at 07:58 on 29/10/2015

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for Michael & Danny Beeton in Derry, United Kingdom - that God will bless, guide & protect these two kind, talented brothers. I am starting a novena today, nine weeks of prayer for these two men leading up to Christmas. Pray that all our prayers will bring them blessings from our creator. Thank You.

 

Posted by at 02:58 on 25/10/2015

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.