Just in time for Christmas, the long-awaited Communion Rails have been installed in our church. They are the work of local craftsman, Richard Burchell of Burchmore Joinery at Ferndown, who was very pleased to be asked to do some traditional work.

The rails are made of Canadian pine, to a most pleasing design of our architect, Columba Cook, to appear as if part of the original furnishing, match existing woodwork, and harmonise with the window tracery and other aspects of our church.

They have been introduced because a number of people wished to receive communion kneeling, and the two prie-dieux in use up until now, were neither comfortable nor safe. These new kneelers, however, are heavy, secure and comfortable to use. Do try them!

The choice of whether to receive Holy Communion kneeling or standing (as stated in recent homilies and bulletins) is entirely that of the individual communicant.

A big thank you to the many people who have donated specifically to provide our parish with these beautiful Communion Rails.

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