Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Architect and his Wife: Saturday 12 May 2012

The People's Prayer Book

A (very) small exhibition of Prayer Books at St Paul's Cathedral includes a reference to Saint Jude's.

Brenda Deane, 81, from the Barbican in the City of London, has been going to St Paul's for 36 years. Every Sunday morning she can be found wearing a red sash gathering the collection from a congregation of up to 40 taking early communion.

"There are about 10 who come regularly and if people don't come we get quite worried; we've now exchanged email addresses."

The red collection bags she uses are about 90 years old and she sometimes takes them home to stitch their linings.

Miss Deane’s father was a firewatcher tasked with putting out incendiaries that landed on the roof during the Blitz.