The Church of St Deiniol and Asaph with St Giles / Eglwys Sant Deiniol ac Asaph gyda Giles, Upton Castle, Cosheston, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, Wales, celebrated the Triduum with services during Holy Week in the small but ancient chapel that has stood on this beautiful site since before the twelfth century. It is believed that it antedated the thirtieth century castle built near the River Cleddau as a defensive structure (the Normans against the Welsh). The Castle grounds are open to the public, and are partnered with the RHS.
The wind was strong and whipped up unruly flames just outside the Chapel door, as we lit the Paschal Candle. The Light of Christ was proclaimed to the strains of the Exsultet (aptly sung to the tune Woodlands). Bells rang for the singing of the Gloria. We left in anticipation of the Mass of the Resurrection, with the gospel of the empty tomb.
It was a delight to gather again on Easter Day to celebrate the joy of the Risen Lord. This year we were encouraged by the inclusion of two infant and one adult baptism in the Mass, when Father Gordon Tall, baptised Leanda Marie Beeby, Joaquim Dennis Pedro Cabral, and Bethany Marie Albertina Cabral.
Foe the baptisms we were blessed to use what we understand to be a rare font of great antiquity.
God’s church continues from the Day of Resurrection to the Day of General Resurrection, and our little fellowship of believers continue to praise God as we wait to see Him again in the flesh.