Old Donation Episcopal Church
Hello! You may not know me since I’m new to the tour but my name is Paddington. I was adopted yesterday from Blenheim Palace and I’m very excited to join this very interesting group from across the pond.
Today my new family and I went on a tour of my country to see several famous sights. After an English breakfast, we boarded a bus and off we went. First stop was quite intriguing- a rather large ring of monoliths called Stonehenge. A place of mystery dating back thousands of years. How were those huge stones lifted into place? What meaning did they have? And how do they relate to today. I tried to move a stone and didn’t have any luck even with help.
From there we got back on the bus and headed for Salisbury and the Cathedral there. It has the tallest spire in all of England! And it also has the coolest baptismal font ever! There are a couple columns bowing in though holding up those beautiful arches and elaborate ceiling. The cathedral dates back to the 14th century! Wow! And don’t tell anyone but I sat in the bishop’s chair. Wandering around old churches, gothic and Norman, is very exciting. And seeing where ancestors worshipped and how many struggled to keep their faith.
Next, it was lunch on the grounds or in town and then off to St. Andrews Church, the church of George Herbert. I hadn’t really heard of him until then. But I’m sure glad he was there because as a rector, in 1630, he wrote many hymns we still sing today and and started the practice of visiting and caring for his parishioners. On the way back to our hotel in Oxford, we heard a quick talk on the Oxford martyrs, by Fr. Fred.
So, all in all I had a great intro into my new life with a wonderful set of new people.
So until next time,
Cheerio and enjoy our travels