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  • Chris Williams

Thursday 21st May – Icon of the Day

‘You cannot help us… we must help You to help ourselves. And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves… 'There must be someone to live through it all and bear witness to the fact that God lived, even in these times. And why should I not be that witness?’ Etty Hillesum - who died in Auswitz

Image: 'The Lamb' - William Blake ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ print c. 1789, copy held by the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Listen to John Tavener's 1982 choral setting of Blake’s words, sung on this video by Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short:

*** In St Mary’s prayer cycle for May 2020, today we pray for those who today will end their own lives.

*** If you would like to contribute to these reflections, please do email Katherine Cox at



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