I, the Reverend Gyes Ponsenby Smyth welcome you all to this our memorial service in particular memory of Hilary Doreen Davies who died on 26th November 2003. Hilary was the mother of Sarah who, together with Andrew her husband, are my dear friends who were instrumental in my arriving in England and becoming vicar of St Hilary's.
We hope that anyone who wishes to remember a dear one that they have lost will also find comfort and spiritual blessing by joining us here in our memorial service for Hilary. Please feel able to sign our Book of Remembrance, including loved ones you would like us to remember too.
Hilary particularly loved to listen to Mozart's Requiem. Indeed this was the very first piece of music she sang when she and Sarah (who was only 14 at the time!) joined the Coventry Philharmonic Choir.
We therefore begin with an opening piece of music by Mozart which you can download and listen to as you prepare to join our service.
Musical Interlude -
Adagio in C for Glass Harmonica
This is being
played by Phoebe (all by memory too!) of the St Hilary's Sunday
School on her beautiful spinet which has been brought into St Hilary's
especially for this occasion.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In
his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an
inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for
you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of
the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Peter 1 v3-5
We join together to say the following prayers:
The Lord's Prayer
Father in heaven,
we give you thanks for your servant Hilary.
We praise you as we recollect her life and cherish
We bless you that in bearing your image
she has brought light to our lives;
for we have seen
in her friendship reflections of your compassion,
in her integrity demonstrations of your goodness,
in her faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.
Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft,
the grace to follow her good example
so that we with her may come to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose again and opened the gate of glory,
to whom be praise for all eternity. AMEN.
We now listen to some more music during which you are all invited to reflect on the memory of those loved ones that you have also lost and see no longer.
Batsford Arboretum enjoyed a glorious Autumnal glow in October 2003 (below), shortly before Hilary died. We are sure she would have enjoyed our visit as much as we did:-)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14 v1-3.
I will lift up mine eyes unto
Concluding Musical Interlude.
Serenade - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart
Lord bless you and keep you
Thank you for sharing this act of memorial and remembrance for Hilary. We now invite you to Sign the Book of Remembrance (add the name/s of your loved one/s and anything else you wish to mention in the "comments" box) if you wish to remember a particular loved one you have lost.
The Sunday School children, Rita, Homer and even our resident wildlife wish you all well as you leave this act of remembrance. Thank you for sharing it with us:-)