Let it be, let it be…

What do you see when you look at this photo?

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(St Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord) – Arranger Vera Round

This simple study in blue and white surprised more than one visitor who saw, quite plainly in their mind’s eye, Mary holding her baby son in her arms although a puzzled Vera, said that she hadn’t been thinking about that at all, just that blue and white were Mary’s colours … How lovely that some should have taken away with them a glimpse of Mary.

St Giles is not a Catholic Church, or of the high church Anglican Tradition, just a simple, middle of the road, C. of E. Parish Church.

Back in the Middle Ages, during the ‘Shewings’ granted to Julian of Norwich over the course of several hours, she must despite her pain, have been hoping for a glimpse of Mary. She records Christ asking her,
“Do you want to see her, do you want to see her?”

Most certainly she did

Mothers always make it right, or if they can’t, know what to say.

Currently a group of St Giles folk and friends are practising hard for a concert at the end of July, this is one of the songs, rather a well known one.


When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Songwriters: LENNON, JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY, PAUL JAMES
Let It Be lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Yeah, my Mum would give me that advise often enough but it is St Mary, mother of the Lord Jesus, speaking to an Archangel no less, who gives all Christians the perfect example of simple, quiet acceptance of our heavenly Fathers will, just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane when he said, “Your will be done, not mine”

Luke 1:38New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

During a very long interregnum, Sister Phoebe of the Anglican Community of St. Mary the Virgin was a frequent visitor to Sunday morning services, an ordained Priest she celebrated Communion for us. We do miss Sister Phoebe, she and the other sisters from the Smethwick House, were called back home to the Mother House in Oxfordshire

Please follow the link to take a peek.
Mother House

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