Marie's December Article

28 Dec 21

December, 2021

Many years ago, after the school summer holidays, we looked forward to Autumn days as we collected Conkers, but also we loved kicking up the leaves. I was reminded of this as we stood outside St. John’s Hall waiting for a taxi that never came and the leaves from the Lime Trees came falling down like snow and the pavement was covered.  It is a lovely sight until it rains. This year we are still picking flowers in the garden and the trees seem reluctant to let go of their leaves.

Every year many churches and schools have Christingle services in aid of the Children’s Society. This children’s society was started in  the  1880’s by  Edward Rudolf who lived and worked in London, which was a dreadful place – dirty with lots of ragged people. Edward taught in Sunday School and one day two of his regular boys were absent.  After the class he went to look for them and found them in a very dirty state outside the gas works begging for food.  Their father had died and they had 7 brothers and sisters so they had been turned out to fend for themselves.   Edward couldn’t find a home for such children, but his church helped him to raise the money for a children’s home.  The first subscription he received towards this was from a boy in his Sunday School who had just started work – 13 penny stamps. This was originally called ‘The Waifs and Strays’. Eventually there were over 500 children being cared for and Edward also started a fostering and adoption service so that children could have a real home with loving parents.

When I saw the Mary Carroll Close in Ansley Village, I thought it was a fitting tribute to a lovely lady.  She was a devout Catholic but she supported every event in aid of St. Laurence.  It’s good that she will be remembered.

An Irish blessing:  May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch to your door and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.

Have a lovely Christmas as we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, with our loved ones and friends but always remembering the lonely and the sick. 

Marie Cove.

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