The Coming And God held in his hand A small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows; a bright Serpent, a river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime. On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. Many people Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For a vanished April To return to its crossed Boughs. The son watched Them. Let me go there, he said. R S Thomas Student Cross If you happen to be in Church Street at about six o’clock on Palm Sunday evening, you will encounter a band of pilgrims, carrying a life-sized wooden cross and singing Easter hymns. It’s an extraordinarily atmospheric occasion, with a timeless feel to it. This is the Student Cross Pilgrimage, the Essex “leg” of which from Colchester to Walsingham stops at St Mary’s each Palm Sunday. Covering 127 miles, this is one of the most scenic routes, and includes a boat trip across the Deben. Arriving at Quayside at about 5.50 pm, the pilgrims are met by members of St Mary’s choir and congregation, and process, singing, up to the church. Here the huge cross is laid before the altar and candles are lit, before the pilgrims repair to St Mary’s House for a hearty supper and lodging for the night. Framlingham is their destination next day, and Walsingham the final goal, where all the “legs” meet up to celebrate Easter. Easter Lilies Would you like to buy a lily for the church in memory of a loved one this Easter? If so, please write their name(s) in capital letters and leave them in the Parish Office. Lilies are £3 each. The final date for orders is Palm Sunday (13 April), in time for the lilies to be purchased and labels made. The lilies, with the names, will then be arranged in church for Easter.