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 In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013


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I Had A Dream

St. John the Divine had his Revelation and vision, nearly 2,000 years ago, whilst in a cave overlooking the Aegean Ocean in the balmy warmth of the Mediterranean. I too had a vision, just over 3 years ago, whilst I walked through the markets of Wolverhampton on a bleak, cold December morning. St. John's vision was of heaven, where, at the centre stands the tree of life and he proclaims "And the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations".

My vision was to create something of heaven on earth. Something that brought the diversity of our wonderful multitude of communities here in Wolverhampton into a place of unity and love. Something that proclaimed the truths, stories of joy, and tales of terror, that are found in the Bible. I saw in my mind's eye people of different ages, sexes, sizes, and abilities, folks of different colour and creed coming together to tell of God's love for us all. And so in Wolverhampton's market the Mystery Cycle was born.

Over the past few weeks, I have watched with joy as John the Baptist has encountered the Christ; I have been amazed as two hundred people have miraculously changed from safari beasts into a raging sea, and I have known something Holy has been happening.

So welcome to our Holy happening. Holy because it is of the people and it is of God. Ultimately these are the tales of humanity from beginning to end and God's love for each of us.


"....and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."

"A great while ago the world begun with a hey, ho, the wind and the rain:

But that's all one, our play is done.

And we'll strive to please you every day".....(Twelfth Night)

Ross Bell, 2001

The Wolverhampton Mystery Cycle - Ross Bell

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