June 28, 2012
(Larger version on Flickr here.)
While waiting to talk to a couple about their marriage ceremony recently I had a few moments to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of my surroundings. The church interior was very dim but this only served to highlight the beautiful stained glass all the more. I reached into my bag for the camera and took a few pictures.
The one above is on the south side of the building and has the title “EGO SUM LUX MUNDI” (I am the Light of the World) . It reminds me of the famous painting by Holman Hunt (there is a stained glass representation of this painting at the church in Clonakilty – a subject for another day).
The title of the window comes from Jesus’ words as recorded in John 8:12
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
The knocking on the door image comes from Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
The door in the picture represents the human heart – Christ knocks gently – do we hear it – will we open the door?
June 8, 2011
Last week we had a special occasion in the life of the parish – the Bicentenary of the Church of the Ascension in Timoleague. It was great to welcome the Bishop, the Clerks Choral choir and lots of friends and visitors. The Bishop in his sermon reminded us that the problems faced by people two hundred years ago are not all that different to those of today – and of course the mission of the Church remains the same as it always has been, to live out and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ near and far…
June 4, 2010
Church of the Ascension, Timoleague
Have you ever been at your wits end? Have you ever been in a situation that was completely desperate and you simply could not see any way out? I suspect most of us have felt a bit like that at one time or another. Maybe it was a health problem, or something to do with finances or to do with a relationship or some kind of depression. We are at a total loss and so we do not know what to do. And so what is often our very last resort? That’s right, we call out to God to help us. And what are our prayers like in these moments; are they gentle platitudes? No they are from the very depths of our being, from (as the saying goes) ‘the bottom of our hearts’. And so with our fists clenched and our stomach in knots and our teeth grinding we cry out to God… And do you know what? In these moments prayer seems to have a potency and a power way and above the norm, it is like when we are on our knees in our own personal Garden of Gethsemene that the heavens are torn open and we have direct access to the Throne of Grace. We have at last made room for God and He is there before the first word has even been uttered from our trembling lips.