A Memorable Experience at Lambeth Palace

Throughout the tour, we have had the option to participate in several group outings, and we are very grateful to Fr. Mark Andrews for organizing them. 

While in London, folks have visited Hampton Court Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Kew Gardens, the Banqueting House, and Buckingham Palace. There have also been several guided walking tours in the evening.

On August 2, a group of about 20 went to Lambeth Palace for a private tour arranged by Fr. Mark. When parishioner Marlene Fader learned that there was to be a midday Eucharist (held daily for the staff), she asked if it was possible for the St. Thomas's tour group to attend.

Parishioner Carol Lang and soprano lead Jennifer McCallum explain what happened next:

"The chaplain, the Reverend Dr. Jo Wells, made us all quite welcome," says Carol. "She suggested that we sing a hymn, after learning that our choir was singing at Westminster Abbey," says Jennifer, "so I got to choose one and give the starting note."

Archbishop Justin Welby attended the Eucharist with a small group of businessmen, with whom he had been meeting. 

"During the peace, Archbishop Welby shook the hand of each and every one of us," says Carol. "Also, the chaplain decided that we should all gather round the altar for Communion, which we did. So, as a group, we got to sing a hymn in this most intimate setting, personally exchange the peace with the Archbishop, and take Communion in the Lambeth Chapel. This truly is the most special experience for me ever – and all unplanned."

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