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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Oran's Chapel Iona: Late Evening


It was a few years ago that we were on Iona and experienced an amazing act of worship in the tiny chapel of Oran. A still warm evening set the scene, and we emerged into a clear night at about 10pm with the dusk just gathering as the poem tells

Oran's Chapel Iona: Late Evening
Dusk, hovering gently by an open door
Is nudged imperceptibly into island night.
A small myriad of flickering flames
Cast soft shadows
Which the ancient walls absorb,
Or deflect as they will.
"Ubi caritas, et amour,
Deus ibi est,"
A charged chanting of ecumenical voice
Proclaims the truth of a God of light.

Music and fabric together
Link us mystically
To earlier followers of "The Way"
Meeting in dark caves
Braving persecutions which appal us
Even to contemplate
In our western pilgrimage today;
Yet our sisters  and brothers in faith,
Elsewhere,
Even as we sing, suffer similarly.

Briefly, we here, can sense ourselves at one
With fellow Christians of every age,
Of every race, imprisoned or free;
Lifting our prayers from this chapel of Oran
For justice, for peace, for love, for joy,
For Christ, for Christ,
In the past, in the present,
And in the future,
Whatever that might be.

More about why Iona features in this collection can be found at Iona - A Special Place in the Cosmos and other poems about Iona, such as Iona, A thin PlaceBethlehem of the Isles ot The Hermit's Cell

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'