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St Alkmunds Poem

ST ALKMUND’S CHURCH, SHREWSBURY
Celebrating the 1100th anniversary of its founding in 912


 
Northumbria’s usurper said:
“I wish my rival Alkmund dead”.
Dull of heart the men who sped
To Mercia, where the Prince had fled,
And killed him, watching as he bled.
 

Mercia’s protection had been lent
To this man of royal descent.
This outrage was a cause for war,
But Mercia’s ruler wisely saw
A less destructive course, and chose
To bring the matter to a close
By acting quietly, with restraint:
Prince Alkmund was declared a saint.
 

Eight hundred years on from the birth
Of Christ, the hope of Peace on earth,
This deed of hate and fear was wrought,
Bewildering those who, longing, sought
The love and peace His death had brought
Who, on the Cross, with evil fought,
And dying, triumphed over sin
Ushering love and mercy in.
 

Consider now a further hundred years,
Saxon versus Dane, blood shed, and tears,
Alfred victorious, many Danes baptised,
Christ’s gentle influence slowly realised,
The Mercian people by a woman led,
A daughter of King Alfred, Aethelfled.
Believing that she was of Alkmund’s line
This powerful lady wrought a bold design:
Building three churches on the western way 
From Gloucester to Chester, on which Shrewsbury lay.
Each bears the name of Alkmund, and each stands
To welcome pilgrims all with open hands,
And Shrewsbury’s St Alkmund’s, by God’s grace
For eleven hundred years has run the race.
In this our anniversary may we give  
Signs of the joy all have who with Christ live.
 

Richard Hayes
Resident Priest at St Alkmund’s, Shrewsbury

 

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ST ALKMUND’S CHURCH EVENTS 2017/18

 

 

Monday 11 Dec           Town Centre Carol Service – 6.15pm (Mulled wine and Mince pies)

 

Tuesday 12 Dec          Mary-Jess Winter Tour 2017 - 7:30pm GMT

Best-known as the winner of the Chinese 'X Factor' in front of 70 million viewers and singer of the official Downton Abbey theme, as well as being the UK representative of The GREAT Britain Campaign in 144 countries around the world.

Expect to hear beautiful wintery songs and timeless classics in the intimate settings of this stunning venue.

Tickets and more details here

 

Friday 15 Dec              Shrewsbury Choral Society Christmas Concert, 7.30pm

                                  

 

Saturday 16 Dec          Richard White Concert

Sunday 17 Dec             Shropshire Music Service Concert – 6.00pm

                                    Rehearsal from 12.30pm

 

Saturday 23 Dec          Voices in Partnership Concert 7.30pm

                                    Rehearsal 5.30pm

 

Monday 25 Dec           CHRISTMAS DAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

13/14/15 April            Shropshire Music Trust

 

 

 

Saturday 30 June        Shrewsbury Choral Society

 

 
 

 

 

 

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