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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Touching Stone


We attended Holy Communion this morning with about two hundred or so others, in the magnificence of Ely Cathedral.

The sheer splendour of the place was emphasized today by the chairs being removed, thus revealing the sheer size of the Nave (75 metres long and 32 metres high).

Being in a place such as the Cathedral always now reminds me of seeing an exhibition many years ago in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. It was, I think I recall, titled ‘The Building of a Cathedral’. One of the exhibits was a scale model of the Cathedral being built, showing the wooden scaffolds, the pulleys, the winches and the various artisans and labourers at work both on the ground and way up in the heights.

It was one of the details of the tableau that stuck most forcefully in my mind. One of the workmen was portrayed falling from the scaffolding. I admit to being quite horrified at first - but gradually came to realize such accidents would, of course, have been part of lives, that were so much harsher than we can ever begin to imagine in the West today and yet , I suspect, still the norm in some parts of the world.

I eventually decided to try and capture something of that experience in the following short poem.

Touching Stone
Gaze on this edfice;
think of its noble patrons
and the mathematical skills of its architects.

Touch its stone;
be reminded of Piers
who fell
from the vast wooden scaffold
during its building,
breaking his neck.

I find
no monument to Piers.

Another poem observing a different aspect of the building of the Cathedral can be found HERE at Long Drove

And another on one of the Cathedral’s amazing ‘qualities’ HERE in Advent Cathedral



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'