I pray today

A beautiful and powerful poem for the funeral of a daughter. I Pray Today I pray today in all earnestness with all my heart and soul for those whose hands have reared me and held me close for those who have caressed and eased my pain and borne the suffering with me; for those whose […]

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Wedding Prayer

I was asked to include this wedding prayer in a forthcoming service, but I have declined because it merely repeats vows and prayers already said. It is lovely and profound because it echoes the lovely and profound things already covered in the Marriage service. I think it is a lovely prayer to treasure, and perhaps […]

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Divine Presence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6D8pjp4i-M   When did God become fully human? When an egg was fertilised? When cells divided? When Mary felt her first kick? When Jesus took his first breath? When did God become fully human? When he entered the kingdom as a child? When he chose to resist temptation? When he fought, by not fighting back? […]

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Names – Wendy Cope

She was Eliza for a few weeks When she was a baby – Eliza Lily. Soon it changed to Lil. Later she was Miss Steward in the baker’s shop And then ‘my love’, ‘my darling’, Mother. Widowed at thirty, she went back to work As Mrs Hand. Her daughter grew up, Married and gave birth. […]

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Just A Common Sailor

by Anon (brought to my attention by Fr Andy, with much thanks and condolences) He was getting old and paunchy, and his hair was falling fast, He sat around the table telling stories of the past, Of a war that he had fought in, and the deeds that he had done, Of his exploits with […]

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A poem for Dzhokar

you don’t know how it felt to be in the womb but it must have been at least a little warmer than this. you don’t know how intimately they’re recording your every move on closed-circuit cameras until you see your face reflected back at you through through the pulp. you don’t know how to stop […]

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Journey of the Magi – TS Eliot

‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.’ And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on […]

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"Please de-baptise me"

“Please de-baptize me,” she said.The priest’s face crumpled.“My parents tell me you did it,” she said. “But I was not consulted. SoNow, undo it.”The priest’s eyes asked why.“If it were just about belonging toThis religion and being forgiven,Then I would stay. If it were justAbout believing This list of doctrines and upholdingThis list of rituals, […]

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