MOST RECENT POSTS

In this column you will find the most recent posts unless you have selected a specific poem, meditation or collection/index in which case that single item will appear here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

A MIlestone for this twenty first century poetry in St Cedd's seventh century chapel

Yesterday (Sunday 3rd August) was a milestone day for this collection of poems and prose. Pam, my wife, and I had been invited to lead one of the summer Sunday evening services in the tiny seventh century chspel at Bradwell-on-Sea way out on the tip of the Dengie Peninsula at the mouth of the River Blacwater in Essex. It was built by Saint Cedd and his followers.


St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex.

We used the framework of an Iona Community celebration of Creation, led by Pam and with  poetry readings from this blog as the basis for the address. People had come from close by and far afield and we received a lot of very favourable comment afterwards. The thread of the address was as follows (with links to the various poems.

The ancient Chapel has been a very special place for us and we celebrated it with 'Othona', St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell.

This was followed  by the first poem which gave rise to the theme of the 'Cross and the Cosmos' which celebrates Creation viewed through the lens of science, titled Ex Nihilo' - Out of Nothing.

Thomas Aquinas in the 11th Century observed that our view of the Cosmos would shape our understanding of God. An invitation was made to consider the continuing nature of creation in the Cosmos referencing the 1995 Hubble picture of 'The Pillars of Creation'. Poem The God Who Created The Cosmos. For me, the theme of this poem might help to dispose of the unhelpful concept of God the Creator as an old man with a white beard!

From the vastness of space to the depths within us, a poem on DNA followed: Beyond the Farthest Mortal Ete Can Scan: DNA.

From there, we turned our eyes to Jesus with three poems about his birth and passion
Star of Bethlehem
Foot Washing: Grime and
Gethsemane, The Healing

We reflected on the wonder of the Creator of the Cosmos taking on the role of a servant and making the ultimate sacrifice for US - yes! You and me!

Finally, Looking up again - but into a daytime sky - the newly written poem CLOUDS reminded us oif our part in prayer and stewardship of this amazing earth - 'The Visited Planet'.

Then at the close, the hymn from this blog, Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory

You will find below the lovely Iona Service order and if anyone would like to consider holding a Creation/ Cross and Cosmos service, Pam and I would be happy to travel, if practicable, to lead a similar service. Contact us at croosandcosmos@gmail.com (Click on the following pages to make them readable)






Oh yes, and just to make this all a bit more special, the page-views of the blog rose through 25000 on this very day.








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'