Annual Church Service 2012
The Annual Service of the Mersey Commandery took place on Sunday 27 May 2012, at St Nicholas Church, Liverpool. Members of the Order were delighted that friends and family were able to share in the celebration, which not only marked the work of the Order but also the Queen’s Jubilee. Music and hymns were especially chosen for the event to reflect this both solemn and celebratory occasion. Our thanks to the Organist, Derek Sadler, and the St Nicholas singers who were present to accompany the congregation. The Mersey Commandery Chaplain, Father John Williams, MBE, SChLJ, conducted the service, after which guests enjoyed a Jubilee lunch at the Artists Club, Liverpool; this year’s President was on hand to accompany the party on the piano for “post lunch songs”. A fund-raising raffle was also held.
The Mersey Commandery will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 September 2012, commencing at 7.00pm, at the home of Tudor and Lynn Roberts.
Annual Church Service 2011
The Mersey Commandery held its annual church service in the Parish Church of Liverpool on 22 January 2011. The Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas with St Anne, rests on one of the most famous waterfronts in the world, and it was therefore fitting that our Chaplain, Fr John Williams MBE, TD, SChLJ, and the Rector of Liverpool, The Revd Steven Brooks, conducted the liturgy. We were delighted to be joined on the day by members of the John of Gaunt Commandery, and a number of invited guests. Mr Roger Merchant, Churchwarden of St Nicholas, was also present to assist with the proceedings.
The service included a reading from The Gospel According to St Matthew (Chapter V, verses 1-12), and the St Lazarus hymn, the words of which were written especially for the occasion by Father John. The St Nicholas Singers provided music, which included the Jubilate Deo of Thomas Wilkes, Ascendit Deo by Peter Phillips, Psalm 15, a setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams of words from Ecclesiasticus (Chapter 44), and The Blessing of Aaron (Numbers, Chapter 6, v. 24) by John Rutter).
Thanks are due to Confrere Tony Hilton, OLJ, who captured some wonderful photographs of the day, which can be seen on the St Lazarus website (see below).
Afterwards, we repaired to The Liverpool Racquet Club for lunch, which concluded with a rousing speech from Andrew Zsigmond de Lemheny KCLJ, CMLJ.
Lesley Martin-Wright DLJ, Commander
Pictures of the recent Annual Church Service, 22nd January 2011, can be found here: