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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Othona, St Peter on the Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea


The little chapel of St Peter’s-on-the-Wall at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex is a place in which we sat listening to the wind howl around one day as if it was affronted by the very presence of the chapel and our being in it. But being inside, we were dry and recognized that the ancient chapel, built by St Cedd in AD 654, will have provided both a refuge to other wayfarers and pilgrims down the centuries and a place from which the Christian faith had been ‘borne on the wind’. The poem is called Othona, the name of the Roman fort that preceded the building of the monastic buildings of which, only the chapel remains.
Othona, St Peter's on the Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea
Wind, sweep off the sea
to scour the implacable marsh.
Beat ancient and hollow tattoo
against wildstone walls, harsh
from your bitter and shrieking blast.

Here, stark at the shore,
protector of the weather-seared wild,
Cedd’s little church on the wall
from whence, the sea-borne child
of faith, on the wind, flew wide.

If you would like to see and hear this poem read by the author, then Click Here

A further experience in the Chapel is the topic of Othona: Chapel by Night




If you want to know more about this fascinating ancient place of worship, it has its own attractive website at Bradwell Chapel

Othona is one of the surviving places of worship of the Celtic church which owes its establishment by St Cedd in the seventh century to the influence of Iona. You will find a number of poems about Iona on this blog including The Pilgrim Way



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'