Iris's Archives 

Mrs Iris Holt, Church Warden Emerita at Holy Trinity Ashby, has long gathered material that supports and sustains her Christian faith. Starting in 2017, Iris is going to share snippets from her archives.

Here you can find the full text of Iris' latest Archive and links to past collections.

Iris' Archives, November 2019

ANTHONY (an'tho-ni) b. c. 250

Egyptian hermit and famous pioneer Christian monk. As a rich young man, he gave all his wealth away, when he heard the words of Jesus, "Go and sell all", and "Take no thought for the morrow." Punished his body severely. The artists have loved to try to depict the demons that so fiercely tempted him. May have lived over a hundred years.

The Stingy Congregation

The poet Wordsworth had a nephew, the Rev. Christopher Wordsworth—afterwards Bishop of Lincoln—whose first and only parochial charge was a little country living in Berkshire, with the curious name of Stanford-in-the-Vale-cum-Goosey. The new vicar was much troubled on finding that the villagers had never been taught the duty and privilege of giving; their idea of religion was to receive all the Church doles, in the shape of coal, soup, blankets, etc., and to give nothing.

Mr. Wordsworth was himself a poet of no mean order, a talent which he had probably inherited, and he decided that the best way to teach his parishioners the duty of giving to God was to write a hymn inculcating this lesson and to have it sung in church at intervals of about a month. This method proved much more effective than sermons on "giving " would probably have been, and in time many of his people became really generous givers.

It is, therefore, to this "stingy congregation " that the Church owes the beautiful hymn which, when published, Wordsworth entitled " Charitable Collections ", and which begins,

O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea,
To Thee all praise and glory be;
How shall we show our love to Thee,
Giver of all?

The seventh verse generally appears as,

We lose what on ourselves we spend;
We have as treasures without end
Whatever, Lord, to Thee we lend,
Who givest all.

But in a number of the newer editions of the older hymn-books, and in the entirely new collections of hymns, verse eight is omitted. It ran thus :

Whatever, Lord, we lend to Thee
Repaid a thousandfold will be;
Then gladly will we give to Thee,
Giver of all.


This symbol for our Lord consists of the initial letters for the Greek words for Jesus Christ arranged as a monogram.


Vicar: "Firstly, thank you whoever it was who put two button's in the collection plate last week - they turned out to be early Victortan, and I've just sold them on 'ebay' for £800 each!

Past Archives

ANTHONY (an'tho-ni) b. c. 250 | The Stingy Congregation | I X MONOGRAM | Humour
WILLIAMS, ROGER (wil'yamz) c. 1603-c.1683 | The Larger Room | Myrtle | Today's Stock Market Report
Stephen Bocskay, Amazing Grace, The Buring Torch and real exam answers
Dean Henry Alford, The Wheat, The Appeal of the Third Verse, and a dead donkey
GUILLAUME FAREL, COLUMBINE, Henriette Auber, Form or Ceremony
The Reformation Wall, The Lamb, John Calvin, Thomas Kelly, Humour
The Phoenix, Jesus lives, thy terrors now Can, O Death no more appal us, William Temple, Beethoven's 7th
William Temple, O for a closer walk with God, The Jerusalem Cross, An Artist's Specification
Hymn: Much in sorrow; People: Henry White and John Darby; Symbol: The beehive; Humour: HWP
Iris' Archives will be back in February.
Coligny, The Angels, "O Holy Night", Humour
Thomas Cramner, The IHS, Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Athanasius, Isaac Watts, When I Survey, INRI and D. Nimmo
John Clarke, The Ship, Rock of Ages and The Archbishop and the egg
Coverdale, THE EPIPHANY STAR, The brightest and best of the stars of the morning
William Tyndale, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Carols on the Street
Constantine, "Come, ye thankful people, come", Dove with Olive Sprig
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