Category: icons

I’ve been working with artist Richard Stott on a project called Temenos – making paintings (Ric’s) and poems (mine) in a collaborative process. Here’s the first in the series, which explores the idea of threshold space – the place where a new thing can come into being.   The exhibition gets its first showing later this […]

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‘The mercy of God is not an abstract idea’ says Pope Francis ‘but a concrete reality’. This series of Morning Bell is exploring the concept and the reality of mercy, and how the practice of mercy might reshape us and the world for good. Text for the series is from Misericordiae Vultus – the declaration […]

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  ‘I strike a match, bring the flame to the candle, watch it take. I kiss the icon. A kiss of greeting, recognition, humility, affection and yes, of love. And then a pause. How natural, how earthy, how good this seems. This practice of the Orthodox church has become part of my life. I’m an […]

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  Christmas greetings from Beloved Life May you receive all the grace and peace you need at this time. Ian & Gail xx

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  We continue through Advent  towards Christmas with a new series of Morning Bell beginning tomorrow based on the Magnificat – Mary’s prophetic song of joy as she reflects on the impending birth of her child. To see the Magnificat in context spend time in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Mary’s song suggests that the impact of this birth will be felt around […]

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  This week we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration – often neglected in the West but remembered and celebrated in Eastern / Orthodox Christianity as being full of gift for the Church and for the world. In this story from the Gospels the man Jesus, in light and glory, is revealed as divine. In this moment we also glimpse the […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘The visual image matters. And images and icons are all around us… True observation – attentive and loving observation – is not a dispassionate activity. If our attention is loving – not grasping but open to the otherness of the being or the object being seen – that person or object may mediate something […]

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    The feast of the Transfiguration. This is a great day, full of possibility and giftedness…       In a dazzling moment on the mountain God is revealed as Trinity: the Father’s voice, Jesus the Son transfigured, the Spirit presence in the cloud. Jesus is revealed as the Christ – the ‘Small Epiphany’ […]

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