The Watching Loft


As pilgrims made their way to the Shrine, the Watching Loft was the place that ultimately safeguarded the Shrine.  It was constantly occupied in prayerful vigil.  Constantly.  As every pilgrim approached the shrine, they could be observed from a height, prayed for and offered to God.  Our Watching Loft is a unique place where Psalm 121: 4 might be said to be fulfilled: "He who keeps watch over you will not rest. Behold, He who keeps you will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord watches over you...".  So, the place where we keep our vigil with St. Frideswide is a place where we encounter God's constant vigilance for humanity. God is always watching over us. 
The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church