Millennium Tapestry

Situated on the west wall above the Vestry door. It was researched and designed by Mrs. Thelma Peake and produced by St. Margaret’s Tapestry Group. It was inspired by the hymn ‘It came upon the midnight clear’ using the lines:

“Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
O hush the noise of mortal strife
And hear the angels sing!”

It tells the story of the spread of Christianity from Bethlehem to Betley. 

Millennium Tapestry
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years
Taken from "It came upon a midnight clear".
Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.
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Emperor Constantine
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St Hilda
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St Chad
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O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.
Taken from "It came upon a midnight clear".
Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.
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The Organ