‘O Light Invisible, we praise Thee! Too bright for mortal vision. ‘O Greater Light, we praise Thee for the less; The eastern light our spires touch at morning, The light that slants upon our western doors at evening, The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight, Moon light and star light, owl and moth light, Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade. O Light Invisible, we worship Thee! ‘We thank Thee for the light that we have kindled, The light of altar and of sanctuary; Small lights of those who meditate at midnight And lights directed through the coloured panes of windows And light reflected from the polished stone, The gilded carven wood, the coloured fresco. Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward And see the light that fractures through unquiet water. We see the light but see not whence it comes. O Light Invisible, we glorify Thee!’
T.S. Eliot, ‘The Rock’
Image: Dawn in Borneo.
Photo by ‘Cayce’, used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.
Video: ‘Hymn to the Creator of Light’ – Music by John Rutter, sung by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury. Video montage of works by Sir Stanley Spencer:
In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for all whose medical appointments have been cancelled or delayed.
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