Gwyneth's May letter

28 Apr 17

May 2017

Now is the month of Maying,

When merry lads are playing, Fa la la la la

Each with his bonny lass,

A dancing on the grass, Fa la la la la la

The Spring clad all in gladness

Doth laugh at winter sadness, Fa la la la la la

And to the bagpipes sound,

The nymphs tread out the ground. Fa la la la la la.

Written by Sir Thomas Morely this is an English Ballett, a light dancelike part song similar to a Madrigal.  It was first published in 1595. 

It is about Spring dancing but is a metaphor for a more bawdy imagery which we won’t go into.

However, May is a time for Maypole dancing and other such activities as a release from the Winter blues as we come into a warmer late Spring.  (As I write this, the weather forecast is for snow in the last week of April!! – we can look forward though and imagine!)

For the church it is a time for Pentecost and the flames of the Holy Spirit to warm us up – we celebrate the church’s birthday on Whitsunday.

In Paul’s Epistle we read about the gifts of the Spirit.  “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.  Love never gives up; and its faith hope and patience never fail.” 1 Corinthians 13 v4-7.  Find more on the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians Chapters 13 and 14.

A Prayer for the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, give your light

So that i may walk aright;

In your wisdom, love and might

Guide my steps this day.

Make me kind to all around;

In my life let love abound,

All your gracious fruits be found

In your child this day.

Holy Spirit you are one

With the Father and the Son,

May the will divine be done

Now and every day.

By Mary Appleby (1874 – 1929)

Gwyneth Hickman

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