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Mrs Milner's final Prayers

13 December 2017

It's already an emotional morning here; Mrs Milner has taken her final Prayers in the Main Hall.  Her readings, as ever, were beautifully chosen and we reproduce them here for you:

'Christmas Eve,' Fanny said. 'Christmas Eve.' As if saying it aloud would make her better able to bvelieve it.' Christmas Eve,' and she watched her own breath puff out like pale smoke on the cold air of her bedroom, and turn to a fine mist on the windowpane.

Christmas Eve was the best of it all, the waiting and laughing, the sense of excitement through the house, like one of Nancy's black pots kept simmering.  She thought of the rest of the day, and the evening to come, and saw a gleam of brightness cast forard from the blazing gold of Christmas Day, lancing towards her like the light streaming under the crack beneath a half-open door.

Christmas Day, Fanny thought, is like the room beyond that door, a bright, bright room, an Aladdin's cave of treasure; the tree with its candles and the banked-up fire all glowing, and the pile of shining presents, and the Christmas table, heavy with good things, the smells and the laughter and the love...'. 

Taken from Lanterns across the Snow, by Susan Hill.


Therefore... clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3: v12-15.