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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Assisi: Fellowship



We have just returned from a week in Assisi– our fifth visit to the City. When there, we have come to appreciate the fellowship of the small core of English-speaking worshippers at St Leonard’s, who very generously invite their visitors to join them over lunch at a close-by restaurant after the morning service. This short poem expresses our appreciation of that generosity.


Shrill aerobatics of a squadron of swifts
vie with bells
to rouse us from sleep,
high in the city of Francis and Clare.

Following their Master, we will join
a commemoration
of bread and wine with friends
who will come from - we know not where!

Some, never met until this day;
but later, over lunch
chapters of our tales of faith,
pilgrimage, joys and hopes, we'll share.

This multi-national Assisi Fellowship,
invites us to be joined in Him
whose life, death and Resurrection
challenged its Saints and us, our ways of life to dare.

If you are visiting Assisi, the English-speaking service referred to takes place at 11am each Sunday in St Leonard’s which is in Via Christofani at the junction with Via Fontebella (downhill to the left of the Tourist Office in the town centre). Although the service is an Anglican one, people of various denominations are made very welcome.(The door is not very conspicuous but there are metre high metal stakes outside marking the boundary).

In three visits, I have found myself talking with Ruth of the Faraday Institute (almost neighbours in Cambridge!): with an American vintner and beekeeper (of 3000 hives) and on this latest occasion with a delightful 85+ Australian lady who is, similarly to me, fascinated by the interweaving of faith and science.

Further information about St Leonard’s can be found at https://www.achurchnearyou.com/assisi/

Another reflection on being in Assisi can be found at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/st-francis-sky.html (Poem: Sr Francis Sky)

And an all-age/ child friendly activity based on the mission of St Francis can be found HERE (St Francis Invites)

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'