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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Poetry for the Stations of the Cross

Malcolm Guite has posted a complete sequence of sonnets for the Stations of the Cross on his blog. He has posted them so that anyone who wishes to make use of them for personal devotion or reproduce them for use in their Church can do so. People who wish to can follow the rest of the sonnet sequence through the church year, of which the stations are a part and which will eventually form a book of sonnets for the whole church year. The Images accompanying the sonnets are taken from a set of stations of the cross in St. Alban’s church Oxford. The sonnets also feature in the current edition of the Church Times.

I will be using my Mark of the Cross meditations and Henry Shelton's images in tomorrow's three hour devotion at St Margaret's Barking from 12 noon. Mark of the Cross is a book of 20 poetic meditations on Christ’s journey to the cross and reactions to his resurrection and ascension. These meditations focus on the mark of the cross in his life and body and were originally written as part of a community arts project in Hertford. They are complemented by a set of semi-abstract watercolours of the Stations of the Cross and the Resurrection created by Henry Shelton.

'Mark of the Cross' is available via twelve baskets as a pdf book, a powerpoint presentation and as individual images. They are ideal for use within Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week and Easter services. Last weekend ArtWay circulated information about to those on their mailing list. Look out too for an extract and image from 'Mark of the Cross' as their Ascension meditation following Ascension Day.

In a similar vein see the website of St Pauls Goodmayes for images from Henry Shelton's Stations of the Crown of Thorns, a commission4mission commission for the church, together with meditations by parish priest Fr. Benjamin Rutt-Field.


James Macmillan - Seven Last Words From The Cross.

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