Holywell has been a place of pilgrimage since the seventh century. It is the only shrine in Britain that can show an unbroken history of pilgrimage to the present day.
The town gets its name from the shrine. “We know not when the place first began to be called Holywell, probably very soon after the Saint’s death, Father Dykes tells us that the first mention of the place in the reign of Henry the Second, about 1150, names it as Holywell; it was then but a small village, and long afterwards it grew into a town. All through the middle ages, we are told, “devotees from all parts of Christendom” were in the habit of coming to the Well, and it doubtless was an inducement for the foundation of a monastery at Basingwerk, about a mile from the site of the fountain.” (Mother Magdalen Taylor, St Winefride, or, Holywell and its Pilgrims.)
We gratefully remember all the saintly Priests who served our church and kept alive the flame of faith even during the darkest times of Reformation when catholic priesthood was considered a deadly crime. Their faith and commitment remain as a perpetual source of inspiration.
Candle of Hope
We light up this candle in the hope that somehow, Your light and your love can be shared with us now.
To show all health workers from the top to the bottom
That you care for each one, and that no one's forgotten.
Those working in the shops, and so many carers, Police paramedics, all uniform wearers.
Those living alone or stuck in the flat
The testers, the tracers, and the people like that
Our teachers, our bin men, they all must take care.
for corona virus can lurk anywhere.
Grandparents and children who can't hug each other.
While in self isolation, some must wait to recover.
Lord help all sick people so alone on a ward.
We pray that on all such, your mercy is poured.
Lord, lend us your strength and with that, we'll cope.
and this cancel reminds us that in you we hope.
St Winefride's Parish Holywell
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