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Lord Jesus Christ, we thank thee that in this wonderful Sacrament
thou hast given us a memorial of thy Passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood
that we may know within ourselves
and show forth in our lives the fruits of thy redemption;
who livest and reignest with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
It is difficult to know with certainty how old our church is and how long it has been a site of worship. The oldest part of the present church is the chancel, which is mostly C13th and has been dated to the time of Edward I (1272 – 1307). The first recorded Vicar was William in 1232 during the reign of Henry III (1216 – 1272).
Of note are the three original lancet windows which are characteristic of the simple early English architecture of the period. They are decorated with cowslips. In the centre is a tiny crucifix, which may be even earlier.
The church we see today was completed in the reign of Henry VIII. More recent work was undertaken by the Victorians who were responsible for the stained glass including work by C.E. Kempe, one of the finest of Victorian stained glass artists. More history of the Parish of Cowfold may be found from British History Online.
Mission is an important aspect of a healthy church, as it follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. It is rooted in prayer, attentive to the will of the Lord.
The following reflections may be helpful pointers:
A Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
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