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  • Chris Williams

Tuesday 16th June - Icon of the Day


Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer utters itself. So, a woman will lift her head from the sieve of her hands and stare at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift. Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth enters our hearts, that small familiar pain; then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth in the distant Latin chanting of a train. Pray for us now. Grade 1 piano scales console the lodger looking out across a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls a child's name as though they named their loss. Darkness outside. Inside, the radio's prayer - Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

Carol Ann Duffy


Image: Unknown Italian Artist (Veneto). King David, from The Rothschild Miscellany, c.1479, Illumination on vellum, 21 x 15.9cm, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, MS 180.51 fol. 1b, B61.09.0803o.s., Zev Radovan / Art Resource, NY


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we pray for all charities worried about their future as income falls.


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