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In Commemoration of the King-s Death

Whilst minding three of our grandchildren during half term, we took them from their county of Surrey to the neighbouring county of East Sussex. We travelled to a pretty village called Battle, for there in 1066 occurred the Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror, from Normandy in France, had invaded, and King Harold of the Saxons joined in battle there. The battle raged throughout the day, but then King Harold fell from an arrow piercing his eye, and the Saxons were defeated. The spot where he fell is marked with a great, flat, square commemoration stone. Around it is the impressive ruins of a great abbey. This was ordered to be built by the Pope as a penance for the blood that William shed that day.

But another King fell a thousand years before, at the hill called Calvary. And His death is not marked by a great stone, for that was rolled away. But rather by bread and wine every time His army remembers Him.