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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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Christmas Card

The Abbey Christmas Card is now available from the shop. £3.99 for a pack of 5 cards The message...
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Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Decoration

Crafted in finest silver plate to grace any Christmas Tree or display Beautifully packaged £8.50
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Today's Events

Morning Prayer


Start Time : 07:30:00


End Time: 00:00:00


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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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Festal Eucharist


Start Time : 11:00:00


End Time: 00:00:00


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Solemn Evensong & Benediction


Start Time : 17:00:00


End Time: 00:00:00


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Prayer Tree

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James Trickey, killed in collision with a car while cycling near Peterborough on 23 December 2014. His home is in Cheltenham where he was a Music Scholar at Dean Close (2006-10) having previously been a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral. He sang on many occasions in this Abbey Church and at Oxford University he was an academical lay clerk (choral scholar) at Christ Church Cathedral. At the time of his death, he was a Bass lay clerk in the choir of Peterborough Cathedral. Rest in peace, James.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 01:02 on 24/12/2014

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for my cousin Kelvin who was killed in a car accident last week at the age of 28. Give his parents, sister, girlfriend, friends and family strength to get through this awful tragedy and may Kelvin rest in peace.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 10:16 on 22/12/2014

A Prayer for

 

I pray for those who go hungry in our world, those who are in pain or are suffering from disease, those troubled through war and conflict, those who are without love, hope and friends, those grieving the loss of loved ones, and all those who are in physical or mental pain this Christmas.

 

Posted by Laurence Robertson at 06:01 on 21/12/2014

A Prayer for

 

We pray for those who are battling loneliness this Christmas Season.

Those with no one with whom to share a word, a laugh, a memory.

Father, bless each and every one who suffers from such loneliness.

If it be your Will Lord, lighten their burden with a companion, a friend, someone who cares.

In Jesus Holy Name we pray.

 

Posted by at 12:19 on 13/12/2014

A Prayer for

 

I pray for the people in Syria, and the women's movement in India. I pray with all those struggling against oppression everywhere.

 

Posted by Anonymous at 01:26 on 00/00/0000

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.