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St Alkmunds Poem

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



St Alkmunds Church


St Alkmunds Church Congregation



 Lent talks:

 The content of The Very Rev Protopresbyter Fr Stephen Maxfield's talk, "The Orthodox - an Easter People" can be found by following the link here

 The content of the Rt Rev Mark Ryland, Anglican Bishop of Shrewsbury's talk, "Paradise Regained" can be found by following the link here

Friday 29 June            Lingen Davies Cancer Appeal Award Giving Ceremony


Saturday 30 June        Shrewsbury Choral Society Concert – 7.30pm


Friday 20 July  & Saturday 21 July      Nosh Food, Street food in the Churchyard (TBC)

Wed 15 August                KARITAS concert (TBC)

30 September             Shropshire Chamber Orchestra

7 October                    Drapers’ Concert 

 Sat 24 Nov                  Shrewsbury Choral Society

 Mon 10th December   Town Centre Carol Service – tbc

 Wed 12 December      WIVES’ FELLOWSHIP Christmas Service & Lunch

 Sat 15th    December   Shrewsbury Choral Society




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