The Festival of
Flowers & Angels
held at the Parish Church of St Mary Lastingham from Friday 1st August
until Sunday 10 August
“However one views
the origin of angels, it seems quite certain that they are an essential
link between a human being and God – and, more universally, between the
whole created world and its creator. It will be an important day when
theologians decide to give the matter more attention, for then they will
come closer to the divine source.”
– Martin Israel
Themes of the displays
Catalogue of displays
Programme of the Festival
A modern angel hymn
1. A Welcome from the Vicar
proud to be welcoming you to this Church and to our Festival of
Flowers & Angels.
This is a truly
are flower displays of course, but how many flower festivals contain in
addition a mini flora, snippets of liturgy almost 3000 years old, an
icon, angelology displays, and organ pipes – not to mention the
twice-human-size Angel of Lastingham? We are also holding a Well
Dressing rite, a piano recital, a Songs of Praise, and celebrating a
special Eucharist of the Angels. (Please see the Festival Programme for
details of all these). So this festival ought to cater for every
temperament, whether you just like looking at flowers, or like something
intellectual to think about, or both, as well as the music and singing.
But why Angels? Some
might say that the Angels are just discarded mythology, at best stories
for children. In fact there’s been new interest in the Angels lately –
‘angelology’ as it can be called. In this materialist and flat-earthy
time in our history, could this indicate a desire to re-connect with the
supernatural and spiritual grandeur and beauty of the universe? The
stories of the angels, so often mentioned in liturgy and sacred writing,
allow us access to spiritual qualities in the
universe apart from human society as we experience it.
Festivals are happy occasions, bringing people together. In the thank
you list I counted over 80 names! The planning has taken over a year,
and I would like to express my warm thanks to Ann Procopé, whose idea it
was to combine Flowers and Angels, and who has been master-minding the
planning; also to Nelly Trevelyan for a considerable amount of
inspiration and research. Ann and Nelly have been running angel-making
workshops in our villages and in the two local primary schools. I would
also like to thank John and Katrina Lane: Katrina for the research that
went into the angelology displays, and John for the lovely photographic
studies of cloud formations, all looking lovely on the montage.
the Festival, meet some of the many people that put it together, savour
the displays, study the angelology, and maybe take part in some of the
2. The Five Themes
Our starting point
is the centuries-old prayer for St Michael and All Angels day.
God, you have ordained and constituted the services of Angels and
Mortals in a wonderful order: mercifully grant that as
your holy Angels always serve you in heaven, so, at
your command, they may support and defend us on earth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Each display –
whether it contains angel figures, flowers alone, or is simply a banner
– has been allocated to one of the following five themes. Three of the
themes are taken from the prayer above (the phrases in italics), while
the other two come from the Christian story of the Fall and Redemption
of the world.
2. The Fall
into Chaos and Sadness
Redemption and Healing
and Service in Heaven
and Defence on Earth
3. Catalogue of the Displays
1. “Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of
heaven...” (From the Eucharist, introducing a hymn of praise at
least 28 centuries old, found in Isaiah, chapter 6) Theme: A Wonderful
2. Angel and Flowers
Theme: A Wonderful Order. Angel-doll by Ted & Harry. Arrangement:
Janet Richardson (St Mary’s, Lastingham). The angel-doll is to be
3. Two Untitled arrangements
Wonderful Order. Jane Otter, Ann Procopé (St Mary’s, Lastingham).
4. Angel mobiles Theme:
A Wonderful Order. Children of Rosedale and Sinnington Schools.
5. The Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to Mary by the Angel Gabriel (Luke
1) Theme: Redemption and Healing Enid Gillies & Gill Brown (St
Mary & St Laurence, Rosedale Abbey).
6. Untitled arrangement Theme:
A Wonderful Order . Sarah Bradley (Malton Flower Club).
7. The Angel Gabriel appears to the Shepherds at Bethlehem (Luke
2) Theme: Redemption and Healing. Children of Lastingham and
8. Jesus is encouraged and strengthened by an Angel to accept his
suffering, as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of
Olives at Jerusalem (Luke
22.43) Theme: Support and Defence on Earth.
Gill Renshaw (Malton Flower Club).
Joseph is warned by an Angel not to return to King Herod (Matthew
2) Theme: Support and Defence on Earth. Mary Harris (Malton
10. Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis
28) Theme: A Wonderful Order. Catherine Gledhill (Christ Church,
11. Ezekiel’s Visions (Ezekiel
8.2;10.1ff) Theme: Worship and Service in Heaven. Celia Ellmore
(St Gregory’s, Cropton).
An Angel Flora Theme:
A Wonderful Order. Penelope Dawson-Brown (Friends of Lastingham
Tobias and the Fish (Tobit
6) Theme: Support and Defence on Earth. Katherine King (Pickering
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to Strangers;
for thereby some have entertained Angels unawares”
13.2) Theme: A Wonderful Order.
Guardian Angel (Matthew
11, 12.3ff) Theme: Support and Defence on Earth. Christine Bell
Shaw (Scarborough Flower Club).
Flowers on either side of the Spanish Calvary
Redemption and Healing. Pam Wamsley (St Mary’s, Lastingham).
“Command these Gifts be carried by the hands of your holy Angel to your
Altar on high...” (Supplices
from the Western Rite) Theme: Redemption and Healing.
Abraham’s Three Visitors (Genesis
18) Theme: A Wonderful Order. Ann Procopé (St Mary’s, Lastingham)
Gatherings of Angels around the Arches Theme:
A Wonderful Order. Children and adults from the five villages.
Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden (Genesis
3) Theme: The Fall into Chaos and Sadness.
Mary Carlisle, Linda Chambers, Rachel Davidson, Ann Parker, Mary
Windsor and others (St Mary’s, Lastingham).
The Angel of Lastingham What
theme? In the Book of Revelation, seven Angels with trumpets signal bad
news; but later on a voice announces the good news that God will come
and dwell with his people and look after them.) Nelly Trevelyan, Ann
Procopé and many helpers.
Arrangements on the sills of the Apse windows and two pedestals Theme:
A Wonderful Order. Pam Russell & Gill Renshaw.
Sing, Choirs of Angels Theme:
Worship and Service in Heaven. Lastingham Benefice Choir.
Rainbow of Flowers Theme:
Redemption and Healing. Andie Cattle (St Mary’s, Lastingham).
An Angel helps Peter to escape from prison (Acts
of the Apostles 12.1-9) Theme:
Support and Defence on Earth. Wendy Simms (St Chad’s,
Angel at Play Theme:
Support and Defence on Earth. Hills Trafford (The Blacksmith’s Arms,
Lucifer, the fallen Archangel
(who, having set
up a rebellion against God, is banished to the Earth –Revelation 12)
Theme: The Fall into Chaos and Sadness. Jane Poole (St Mary’s,
Gledhill (Christ Church, Appleton-le-Moors).
Angels at the Gate Elaine
The Empty Tomb (Matthew
28.2, Mark 16.5, Luke 24.4, John 20.12) Theme: Redemption and
Healing. Sue Hallett & Val Weighell, (Pickering Flower Club).
4. Programme of the Festival
6 – 8 pm
of the Festival (by invitation)
Saturday 2 August
Well Dressing Rite at St Cedd’s Well in Lastingham
Village, with the Stape Band. Teas at the
Sunday 3 August
Festival Eucharist of the Angels,
with Lastingham Benefice Choir
7.00 pm A
Celebration of the Piano – a recital by Richard
Haynes Tickets £7 at the door. Proceeds in
aid of Lastingham Organ Project.
Thursday 7 August
12 noon Memorial
Service for Robin Frank
Sunday 10 August
Songs of Praise Mainly angel hymns. Choose one item from a menu of several
Morning Prayer is said each weekday at 8.30 am,
and Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm. We hope some of you will join us.
copy of the book
Angels, by Adrian Roberts, hand-printed by the Celtic Press,
Lastingham, will be on display near the South Door. Sealed bids may be
made to the Steward on duty. Proceeds in aid of Lastingham Organ
Angelology: an Angelic Miscellany, which is the full text of the
Angelology Montage, will be on sale at £5.
5. A Modern-day Angel Hymn
ONS of the Holy One
bright with his splendour,
Wakened to life at
creation’s new day,
First to uplift in
the joy of surrender
Spirits to worship
and wills to obey.
Armies of Michael,
a heavenly wonder,
Crashed to the
onset with evil on high,
Till the proud
angel, o’ercome by their thunder,
Dropped on his
darkening wings from the sky.
Stars of the morn,
for creation returning
Praise to the
wisdom ordaining the whole,
Hushed their glad
songs, in amazement discerning
likeness in man’s living soul.
Paradise, knew ye no sorrow,
Guarding the way
with a flame of the sword?
Visioned ye not on
a glorious morrow
Man by a tree to
his Eden restored?
Gabriel came with
his high salutation,
ardour and eager in flight:
‘Ave Maria!’ The
dawn of salvation
Rose at its music
and banished our night.
See, then, my soul,
on a stairway all golden
Sion is here, if
our eyes were not holden,
Praise would not
fail for their service to men.
Praise God for
Michael, in strife our defender,
Praise him for
Raphael, our healer and guide,
Praise him for
guardians, watchful and tender,
True to their
charges in need at their side.
Laud to thee,
Father of spirits supernal!
We with the angels
adore thee, O Son!
In thee be glory
to God, Three in One. Amen.
Copyright © Society of the Sacred Mission,
used by kind permission
6. Thank you to all those who took part
figures in the exhibition are very much
the inspiration and of Nelly Trevelyan.
of Lastingham is of willow,
masking tape and tissue paper. Many interested people cheerfully helped
with this challenging work. Special thanks to Philip Trevelyan, whose
barn, normally used for table tennis, has been taken over with angels.
Also thanks to a stalwart gang who kept coming back: Mary Carlisle,
Clarissa Napier, Barbara Ralphs and Robert Martin, whose engineering
enabled this Angel to fly in the church.
the Arches Who would have
thought you could make angels out of plastic milk bottles, with the help
of masking tape and paper clips – the ultimate in recycling! Three
workshops were held in the villages to make these angels.
Agatha Boxall, Elliott Boxall, Val Bulidon, Sophie Fawcett, Clarissa
Napier, Amy Sunderland, Abigail Thompson.
Cropton: Claire Barnes,
Elizabeth Cornforth, Helena Findley, Angela Knights, Beatrice Knights,
Anya Malinowski, Annie Monkman, Charlie Monkman, Harry Monkman, Clarissa
Napier, Katherine Standen, Janet Sutor, Mary Windsor, Joyce Wright.
Agar Brennan, Agatha Boxall, Elliott Boxall, Heidi Coultas, Lucinda
Coultas, Sabrina Coultas, Miranda Hartley, Chelsea Leadley, Emma Shaw,
Mobiles Several workshops
took place at both Rosedale and Sinnington Schools. Again, these angels
were made of plastic milk bottles, and are what you see in the mobiles.
Thanks to the two head teachers and staff at the schools.
Rosedale School: Cara
Burn Brace, Lydia Coote, Olivia Doughty, Eva Gillies, Annie Horseman,
Maddie Kenderdine, Chloe Marley, Thomas Middleton, Bethany Richardson,
Peter Simpson. Sinnington
School: Rick Bell, Xanthe Davison, Jonathan Earp, Amy
Hutchinson, Reece Knight, Harry Leonard, Oliver Marshall, Jon Mitchell,
Morgen Peak, Tom Richardson, William Sanders, Lettie Simmonds, Bridie
Smith, Charlotte Hornby Todd.
Display: John Lane, Katrina
Lane, Jean-Claude Bulidon, Val Bulidon
Mabs Biggins, Val Bulidon,
Mary Carlisle, Christine Cawley, Christine Cawley, Martin Connell,
Penelope Dawson-Brown, Celia Ellmore, Clare Haynes, John Hobcraft, Kate
Kiernan, Katrina Lane, Marjorie Mallinson, Jo McDowell, Miranda Parrott,
Ann Parker, Leslie Parker, Jane Poole, John Poole, Gill Potter, Ann
Procopé, Barbara Ralphs, Nigel Roberts, David Snell, Helen Snowden, Pete
Trafford, Norma Tueart, Angie Turner, Pam Wamsley, Rosie Wilstrop.
Churchyard Working Group
altered some fencing, mowed and generally tidied up: Christine Cawley,
John Cawley, Stefan Charters, Martin Connell, John Hardy, Eddie Snowden.
Working Group and assistants
removed organ pipes for the display ‘Sing, Choirs of Angels’ (as part
of the dismantling of the organ): Judi Bailey, Anna Bailey, Alex
Bailey, Clare Haynes, Sam Haynes, Andrew Vaux.
of St Cedd’s Well at Lastingham
The origins of well
dressing are something of a mystery, and may date back to the Celts or
even earlier. Well dressing is usually found only in Derbyshire. (The
canopy of this well was built in the 19th century over the existing
well, with stone from the ruins of Rosedale Priory. When mains water
reached the village in 1969, the well was changed to a drinking
Mabs Biggins, Jo McDowell, Gill
Potter, Helen Snowden, Rosie Wilstrop. The frame was beautifully made by
Roy Milestone. Thanks to the Gladys Grayson and the Stape Band for
playing at the Well Dressing rite.
and Donations were gratefully
received from: Barnes Nurseries, Elaine Bell, Antony Bentley, K. E.
Bland of Ripon, Andrew & Mary Chappell, Fabulous Flowers, Mary Herd,
Dianne Humble, Alice O’Neill, Julia Procopé, Rosemary Roberts, Ryedale
District Council, Mark & Jackie Simpson, Annabel & Richard Strickland,
C.W. Strickland & Son, Terry Sunderland, Ted & Harry, Towler’s Chemists.
Apologies to any
others who may have been
inadvertently omitted from this list.
To learn more about
angels, try these links:
What is Temple Theology?
Who are the Angels?
Some may say that the theme of the Angels is no longer
relevant, just discarded mythology, stories for children.
have been a number of good new books on them lately, which in this very
materialist and flat-earthy time in our history, may indicate a desire
to re-connect to the supernatural and spiritual grandeur and beauty of
the universe. The stories of the angels allow us access into the
spiritual quality of the things beyond the world of mere human society.
Certainly the Bible and the Liturgy
have many references to the angels. But who or what are they?
Well the word angel comes from a
Greek word for messenger.
The angels are spoken of as go-betweens,
connecting the one God who is mysterious, invisible and beyond our grasp
with the more familiar world of humanity. In one of the best-known angel
stories, Jacob’s Ladder, we hear of Jacob’s dream of angels ascending
and descending on a vast ladder from earth to heaven – as if carrying
messages between God and the world, like a celestial email.
are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. Notice how each name ends in
‘-el’, a Hebrew word for God.
The story of
Michael and the Dragon is of cosmic warfare. There was war in heaven
(Revelation 12). The great angel Lucifer (seen as the Dragon) and his
army attempt a coup to seize the throne from God. The name Michael means
‘Who is like God?’ – a defiant cry to Lucifer to stand back! This
dramatic story speaks of how old and deep are the roots of pride and
rebellion. Well, Lucifer and his angels lose the fight, and are thrown
out of heaven, down onto the earth unfortunately, where to this day they
prowl around causing mischief and war and sorrow.
Another archangel has a hand in
reversing this tragic event: the Archangel Gabriel brings the news to
Mary that she will be the mother of the Son of God (Luke 1), who will be
the saviour of the world.
Raphael is an agent of healing: we
read of how he brings God’s healing to the world: Tobit has his clouded
sight restored by him.
Uriel, means ‘the flame of God’ and
he is traditionally the angel with the flaming sword at the gates of the
Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).
Then there are
the Guardian Angels, who protect us (Matthew 10) Traditionally, one is
allocated to each human being for their time on earth. In a lovely
saying of Jesus, we hear that the gaze of each child’s guardian angel,
because that child’s awareness of God is as yet unclouded, is always
directed towards God’s face. This saying may well make one hanker after
the innocence of childhood (in happier times when there still was
such a thing as childhood), those days when an unhurried life and a
brighter vision seemed to keep us closer to heaven.
The Church’s view, and the biblical
view, has always been that there are spiritual energies in the universe
other than those of human beings. A traditional view that angels are
pure intelligences – they would not be able feel emotion. The image of
an angel as a human being might be the product of the human imagination.
Yet the angels can still exist as centres, or agents, of powerful
The Feast of St Michael and All
Angels will be kept on Sunday 30 September.