Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call all things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by God’s grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
May you be so free about who you become.
Like moonlight and water
Find that deep holiness that lives within you.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of worry and stress.
May your prayer of listening
Be deep enough
to hear in the depths God’s stillness, laughter and prayer
May God’s song be vibrant
In your heart and your soul.
© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com
Photos courtesy of parishioner Karen Elacqua
“The Sunken Cathedral”
Claude Debussy, composed this magnificent solo piano piece, inspired by an ancient legend about a cathedral submerged off the coast of the mythical island, near Brittany.
On clear mornings the cathedral would rise out of the ocean and people on the coastline could hear bells, chanting and the sound of a mighty organ.
This vibrant church appeared to call people closer to God, and then would slowly sink back into the water and disappear.
This is a great metaphor for the Church today. Like the early Christians who sought new ways to serve God’s people, we are finding new ways to nourish and celebrate our faith, even during these times when our churches are submerged into closure. God always finds a way with our help.
Our young and talented parishioner Zachary Slade performs “The Sunken Cathedral” in our church.
“As Water to the Thirsty”
“Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled”