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Thursday 4th June - Icon of the Day

And God held in his hand A small globe. Look he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows: a bright Serpent, A river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime. On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. many People Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For a vanished April To return to its crossed Boughs. The son watched Them. Let me go there, he said.

‘The Coming’ by R S Thomas


Image: Earth from Space – as it would appear at 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth.

Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we pray for those preparing for and taking online university exams at this time.


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