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Friday, 7 June 2013

IONA: Blake revisited - offering into IONA COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS: 75 years strong and COLUMBA 1450 years since


A Special weekend for IONA
Remaining with the theme of pilgrimage – to the home of one of Christ’s great ambassadors – Columba, on a special weekend for IONA. A significant double celebration:1450 years since the saint died and 75 years of the IONA COMMUNITY. So very many thanks and congratulations to those who have, in the last three-quarters of a century carried the flame of Celtic-style Christianity throughout the world. We are among many who have been privileged to draw on that ministry and find peace and inspiration on that small island especially on the (summertime) weekly, thought-provoking, round-the-island pilgrimages. The Machair, which features in this poem is one of the ‘stations’. Others, especially ‘The Nunnery’, feature among the other IONA poems on this blog. Click through to 'The Nunnery' (with its reflection on Women's ministry)

I’m one of those people who finds the sentiments of ‘Jerusalem’ a bit difficult – so a re-working of that poem to offer into the COLUMBA celebrations felt not only appropriate but enjoyable too!

Iona: Blake Revisited

And did monks' feet tread ancient thyme
walking the Machair's verdant green?
And was a Holiness from God
in Columb's radiant visage seen?
And does the fragrance and the light
of Heaven link with this fair place,
uplifting hearts and souls that yearn
to render Christ a humble praise?

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'