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Candles at Rame Church

Rame Anniversary

A candle-lit medieval Church in South East Cornwall has been filled with the sound of an ancient latin mass to celebrate its 750th anniversary. Many of the congregation of Rame Church dressed in historic clothing to fit in with the old style service.

The clocks were turned back some 750 years in October. A traditional Latin Mass - which was dismissed after the Reformation - took place at a South East Cornwall Church.

It was 750 years ago Bishop Walter de Bronscombe consecrated Rame Church. The congregation wanted to celebrate by recreating the type of liturgy used at the time. 

The mass died out during the Reformation as congregations wanted to take part in communion and understand what was being sung to them.

Rame Church

Rame Church

Hundreds of candles were lit on Thursday 15 October as today's congregation stepped back in time. Some things have not changed over the centuries; The church still has no electricity or running water.

Rame Church is a beautiful example of a traditional English parish church. During the winter of 2005-6 it was noticed that there was an above average number of slates that had slipped from the roof.

Subsequent work to repair these slatesrevealed the onset of nail rot.

The solution to the problem is to take of the existing Cornish Delabole slates with great care and to felt, batten and re-nail the entire roof, an enormous cost to a very small but enthusiastic parish.

The parishioners are now raising the much needed money to carry out the major roof refurbishment.

last updated: 16/10/2009 at 13:24
created: 16/10/2009

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