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Monday, 20 May 2013

Holy Land Pilgrimage - Day 5 - PENTECOST IN JERUSALEM

Pentecost in Jerusalem. Where better to celebrate the birthday of the church?

And it was a true Pentecost experience. St George's Anglican Cathedral with a Communion dominantly in Arabic because Christians from all over the Diocese of Jerusalem had been invited to join the celebration. Thus they came in from all around Israel with many having had to get permits to come. Two Palestinian Christian communities had been prevented from being there as 'too many passes had been issued to Christians' recently'. These churches really do need our ongoing prayer support.

But those who were able to come, having had to start early to ensure checkpoint delays did not mean their missing the service, joined with pilgrimage groups from England (us and one from the Diocese of Norwich) and the Diocese of Tokyo. We also knew of Canadians and South Africans present and it was clear that many other countries were represented. As we were all invited to sing the hymns in our own language, there was a real sense of the Pentecost spirit which will stay with most of us for a long time to come.

The sermon, delivered first in Arabic and then in English by the Diocesan Bishop took the theme of the Continuing Pentecost - meaning the call to us Christians to work for justice, peace, truth and righteousness - a theme especially poignant in a church where some have our faith journeys along fairly easy paths in community terms, and others are engaged every moment of every day-in struggle and often in fear.

The readings had also been in both Arabic and English and the movement of the Gospel reading being in one language by the Gospeller who switched places with the Gospel bearer for the second-language reading, felt richly symbolic.

At The communion itself there were some 9 or 10 priests in the sanctuary from at least four nations. There was one delightful unscripted moment when two small altar attendants, one boy and one little girl, fully robed, wove their way through the communicant line and shortly afterwards ducked back into the chancel area. Thankfully, it felt that everyone was thoroughly accepting of this: it would be an awful shame if trouble followed.

We were graciously invited to join in lunch served outside for all the worshippers who chose to stay and that too was a thoroughly cosmopolitan affair.

We elected to rest for a while after lunch and let the day cool a little before we wandered for a while in the old city. Much to see, wonderful aromas and again a plethora of languages being spoken all around the city. Pentecost indeed! But also the stark contrasts; bullet holes (we assumed) in the massive doors of The Damascus Gate.

Several of our party's impressions of the morning were gathered into a rooftop Evening worship.

Come, Holy Spirit: come anew, come and make us people of the Continuing Pentecost. Alleluia,
Alleluia, Alleluia.
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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

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)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

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'