St Faith, Bacton
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St Faith's Bacton is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes. For information on services see below.
The earliest dedication at Bacton was to Saint Foi, a disciple of the 6th century Bishop Dubricius (or Dyfrig), who came to be equated with Saint Faith of Conques in France in the medieval period. The present church is mainly 13th century with 14th-15th century alterations and a tower that is mostly 16th century. The repaired, late 15th century choir stalls may have come from nearby Dore Abbey following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Bacton has a number of unique features, the most notable of which is the monument commissioned for herself by Blanche Parry, the confidante of Queen Elizabeth I. This is now dated to before November 1578 and so is the earliest known representation of the Queen as Gloriana. Opposite the door is a framed silk altar cloth fashioned from an Elizabethan court dress, possibly belonging to the Queen herself and presumably sent to Bacton by Blanche Parry - see web site below. Amongst the other interesting memorials are two tablets from the 1914-1918, First World War. Carved on these are coloured, military ribbon decorations, which are very rare features on such memorial stones. Bacton owns a pre-Reformation chalice and paten (kept in Hereford Cathedral). The stained-glass is modern. A Guidebook is on sale in the church.
Facilities: the hall adjacent to the church can be hired and, when in use, has toilet facilities.
See: www.blancheparry.com for more information. Or 'Mistress Blanche Queen Elizabeth I's Confidante' by Ruth E. Richardson, published Logaston Press 2007. 'Blanche Parry & Queen Elizabeth I' superb pictures + book in a calendar format, a collectable to commemorate H.M. the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (available amazon.uk)
SERVICES (We will be in vacancy from May 2017 and so the normal service pattern may be altered on account of availability of service leaders.)
Other than in December we have a service once a month at 11.15am on the 3rd Sunday (usually 1662 Communion, occasionally Matins). We have an 11.15am Communion on Easter Sunday and 10am Communion on Christmas Day (1662), with an evening carol service near Christmas (in 2017 it will be on Thurs 22 Dec at 7.30pm - tbc). The Harvest Festival followed by lunch will be on the 3rd Sunday of Sept or October 2017.
We host occasionally the Group’s 5th Sunday Holy Communion Service.
We also have occasional special Services...
FRIDAY 16th JUNE 2017 at 7.00pm (tbc) - SONGS OF PRAISE and DEDICATION OF THE FACSIMILIE OF THE ELIZABETH I's DRESS (THAT BECAME ST FAITH'S ALTAR CLOTH).
5th Sundays 2017:-
Sun 30th April - Group Communion (CW Trad) at 10am in Dore Abbey with the Abbey Singers (our Rector's last service)
Sun 30th July 2017 - Deanery Eucharist at 10am in Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort (tbc).
29.10.17 - Deanery Service, details tba.
31.12.17 - 10am Group Communion, details tba.
You are most welcome to join us.
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