Category: Lent

A friend shared with me the UK Blessing which had helped her immensely to prepare for a major operation and in her post operative care in the ICU. I think it’s such a beautiful and powerful song. At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others,…

This hauntingly beautiful painting of Jesus utterly alone in his experience and agonised,  depicts how many of us may be experiencing our own ‘wilderness’ at the moment….. reading Deuteronomy chapter 8 may focus meditation on ‘wilderness’. To read more about the painting hanging in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, taken from the book, “Famous Paintings”…

The hymn ‘Do not be afraid’ has beautiful words written by Gerard Markland about trusting God that are very moving.  There are two versions to listen to here – St Andrews Cathedral choir and an upbeat Gospel Touch choir – both are equally current and uplifting…. based on Isaiah 43 1-5: ‘Do not be afraid,…

Last year the Cathedral hosted ‘Les Colombes’ the exhibit of paper doves by German artist Michael Pendry which was at Salisbury Cathedral in 2018 to spread a message of peace and hope. A message we can’t spread too often. https://coeuretart.com/introducing-michael-pendry/

Light rising in the darkness is a current need.  The American photographer Colin Winterbottom captured the light coming through the beautiful stained glass windows of Washington National Cathedral.  The time lapse film he has created leads imagination …. Isaih58:9-11  ‘If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give…

The MountainIf the mountain seems too big todayThen climb a hill insteadIf the morning brings you sadnessIt’s ok to stay in bed.If the day ahead weighs heavyAnd your plans feel like a curseThere’s no shame in rearrangingDon’t make yourself feel worse.If a shower stings like needlesAnd a bath feels like you’ll drownIf you haven’t washed…

During our lifetime we all make promises, and with the best intentions. The chances are, however, that for one reason or another we break our promise, all part of being human. That is why the promises made by God are so sure and strong and we can rely on them. My favourite assurance of God’s…

The Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has said that poetry is ‘by definition consoling’ because ‘it often asks us just to focus and think and be contemplative.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=zasyz-tJkOg Sometimes at a time set aside for prayer, lighting a candle and using Taize music can help to focus your thoughts on God.  Its meditative style of short repeated phrases can touch your heart and create an atmosphere that moves you to want to listen to God more closely as you pray.