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  • Chris Williams

Tuesday 2nd June - Icon of the Day

Love is most nearly itself When here and now cease to matter. Old men ought to be explorers Here or there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For a further union, a deeper communion Through the dark cold and the empty desolation, The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.

TS Eliot ‘Four Quartets’

Quick now, here, now, always — A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flames are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one.

TS Eliot ‘Little Gidding’


Image: Old Man in an Armchair, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1652, National Gallery, London


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we mark all those commended to St Mary’s for prayer.


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