|107: St Francis' Chapel, Hillfield Friary, Dorset|
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Mystery Worshipper: The boy Samuel.
The church: St Francis' Chapel, Hillfield Friary, Dorset.
Denomination: Anglican Franciscan (Society of St Francis).
The building: This little "house of God" used to be a "house of cows" a cowshed. It's really nice, though. Simply laid out with an altar, icon, two sculptures and a cross of San Damiano.
The neighbourhood: Hillfield is in rural Dorset, halfway between Dorchester and Sherborne. It has fantastic views to the north and on a good day you can see Glastonbury Tor.
The cast: The service was led by Brother Damian.
What was the name of the service?
Midday prayer and eucharist.
How full was the building?
Mostly full 30 people.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
No... but then they do know me.
Was your pew comfortable?
Solid wooden bench. I wouldn't like to sit on it for too long.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Very quiet. The only noise was as people came in and sat down.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"The service starts on page 6: O Lord, make speed to save us, O Lord, make haste to help us."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
Society of St Francis Office Book (a version of Celebrating Common Prayer), the English Hymnal, the Order for Holy Communion, Alternative Service Book, Rite A.
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
There was a small group of schoolchildren visitng the friary. However, they left before communion.