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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Good Friday at Hilfield Friary

Good Friday at Hilfield Friary with the Melanesian brothers and sisters

Good Friday at Hilfield Friary with the Melanesian brothers and sisters

Good Friday at Hilfield with the Melanesian brothers & sisters

Good Friday at Hilfield with the Melanesian brothers & sisters

Truly Franciscan!

The Metheringham House now has a regular visitor to their daily offices, who seems to have the uncanny knack of appearing at just about the right time.  He comes sauntering across the garden, seeming to know that the sisters just gone into chapel.  As they settle down he looks from the wall outside and through the window.  Perhaps wanting to join in he jumps from the wall to the chapel window to gaze through the glass at these strange habited people. When it seems the sisters do not pay enough  attention (to him of course) he pecks vigorously with his beak on the glass or jumps backwards and forwards between the wall and the window ledge, landing with a gentle thud.  He is a beautiful addition to the regular worshipping life of the community as the sun catches his iridescent feathers.  Having been around now for many months, the sisters are not sure whether he will stay around much long as spring is in the air and his attentions are beginning to wander elsewhere!

Who is this regular visitor? See below!

The friendly Franciscan pheasant gazes through the window at the Easter garden in the Metheringham house chapel as the sisters say Evening Prayer!

The friendly Franciscan pheasant gazes through the window at the Easter garden in the Metheringham house chapel as the sisters say Evening Prayer!