Queen's Maundy honour for Norwich Christian
A Norwich church community stalwart, Eric Court, will be honoured by the Queen today when his daughter Sue Dodd collects a bag of Royal Maundy Money on his behalf at a ceremony in St Georges Chapel, Windsor.
Eric was nominated for his tireless voluntary work within St Francis Church in Heartsease and the local community by the Bishop of Norwich.
Sadly Eric died in February so his eldest daughter, Sue will be among the 180 people to receive the Maundy money in Eric's memory.
Revd Peter Howard, vicar of St Francis Church in Heartsease, said: "Eric was a man of God who was a real support in prayer and life. It is therefore a source of great joy to us all that he is to be honoured by Her Majesty the Queen."
Speaking before the ceremony, Eric’s son-in-law David Dodd, said: “We are very proud that Sue is to be at Windsor on Eric's behalf. Eric was so looking forward to this day and it was perhaps the saddest part of his passing that he did not get to receive it himself.
“He was a man who lived his faith and with his servant heart this award is a recognition of all the work he did from Home From Hospital visits, bereavement counselling to helping with St Francis lunch club. He faithfully served the Lord at the church which nurtured his faith to be truly mature in Christ, and a father figure to many. He represents an army of workers in every community which we would all be much the poorer without.”
Eric’s son David is the former vicar of Cromer and in 2014 was appointed as Bishop of Grimsby.
The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which originates from the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday.
The centuries old tradition involves an annual ceremony which takes place on Maundy Thursday. The recipients of the Royal Maundy, as many men and women as there are years in the sovereign's age, are chosen because of their Christian service to the Church and community.
The Queen gives each recipient two small leather string purses. The red and white purses, contain some ordinary coinage and some silver Maundy coins consisting of the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign's age.
Pictured is Eric Court with his wife Eileen who died 12 years ago.