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Teddy Monks

If you come to the Abbey between 1 and 28 February you will be able to see our collection of Teddy...
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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


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Holy Communion

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


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Evening Prayer


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Prayer Tree

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 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 at 06:01 on 21/12/2014

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.