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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Little Canticle 115 (An A-Z meditation)


Having recently penned CURIOSITY as an acrostic meditation to celebrate the landing of the Mars rover, (You can click through to it from the Alphabetic index), I was reminded that a little while back I wrote a meditation that reflected one of the styles of a few of the Psalms (seven of them). The reflection begins with A and works its way through the English alphabet to Z.

LITTLE CANTICLE 115 (An A to Z meditation)

Almighty God, Creator, Saviour and redeemer of all people, we bless your Holy Name.

Beauty and Harmony come from you, O God: they are ours to enjoy and the enjoyment is deeper when we see you in them.

Creator of the whole universe, we owe everything to you: if we could give you all that we can see, touch and enjoy, it would not be enough to repay your love for us.

Daily, let us come before you to render worship and praise for all your loving kindness.

Earth, moon, planets and stars all formed as you desired: things both seen and unseen rejoice to be part of your creation.

First and last, last and first; you were there at the beginning and will be there at the end. Eternity is yours and only yours, O Everlasting God.

Great and wonderful are your deeds: may we be open to comprehending their source.

Holiness is your habitation and heaven your kingdom. By your grace alone we are invited to be dwellers there.

Immortal, invisible, the only wise God, hidden by light: and the fountain of light both in heaven and on earth.

Justice is your desire, O Lord. You hate those who thrive by the imposition of oppression and wickedness.

Kindness and mercy are yours, so we can fearlessly acknowledge your might and power: we willingly subject ourselves to your reign, for we know you are just and merciful.

Love is from your heart and about your throne. It was love that brought perfect God and perfect man to the humility and agony of the cross. That is the assurance of your boundless love for us.

Marvellous are the works of your hands, wrought by the power of your Holy Spirit. The Spirit's presence with us is an reminder of your continual love.

No-one can bear the sight of your face. It is too beautiful, too glorious and radiates transcendent splendour. We can hope, only, for a glimpse of that magnificence until we come to our eternal rest with you.

Omniscience is yours alone, O God: everything in heaven and on earth is known to you; yes, even the deep secrets of all our hearts.

Praise, O praise, our God who reigns: three persons in one God, who is in everything that is good and shuns all that is evil.

Quietness and stillness are his gifts: into these he speaks and through them we can prepare to receive the peace of knowing his presence.

Resurrection life is ours, through Jesus, your Son. We thank you for this unfathomable gift.

Salvation comes through you alone. Through Jesus it is assured and when we seek him, we can live in the peace of that assurance.

Thanksgiving, honour and praise are yours by right, O mighty God: we thank you for Jesus who showed us what You are like by his presence here amongst us: God, incarnate, made manifest.

Universal praise will be yours in the last days, when the end and the beginning of all things meet in the triumph of Christ's second coming.

Very God of Very God, we wait upon your glorious return.

When that day comes, we pray we will be ready to be swept into its cosmic triumph.

X, the sign of the Cross, points us to that day. We rejoice in it because, already, by it, Christ has conquered death and sin.

Yesterday, today and forever are gathered in your hand, O God. You are at our beginning and at our end. You are our history, our present and our future and we wait upon the time of your return.

Zeal for you, Lord is the mark of our waiting. Zeal that spills out from us upon all nations, so they may be gathered into your holy kingdom and to the fullness of your promise.

Other Little Canticles (similar format) can be accessed HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
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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
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Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
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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)
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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

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
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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'