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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band … 1st June 1967

The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 1st June 1967. On this day 5o years ago, one of the most original albums ever recorded was released.  Inspirational songs, innovation in recording techniques and true originality.

Sam Hill JR in concert …. Angels & Ghosts

Sam Hill is playing two special concerts this week. If you are in the area be sure not to miss them! He will be joined by long-time collaborators and friends Richard Curran, Alan Gregson, and Geoff Orr.

You can see him at the New Continental in Preston on the 26th April, and also at The Hall, Lancaster on the 27th. Check his website and local listings for more details. www.samhilljr.co.uk

 

Holy Week poetry……

A Meditation from the poet John Updike

Seven Stanzas at Easter

John Updike (1932–2009)

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that-pierced-died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

St David’s Day…

Happy St David’s Day!

It was on this day in the year 589 AD that Bishop David died; he was canonised in the year 1120 AD. He became known as the patron saint of Wales in the 12th Century, during the time of fierce Welsh resistance to the invading Normans.  His shrine can be visited at the Cathedral dedicated to him in Pembrokeshire, and which is built on the site of a Celtic monastic community that he established, Glyn Rhosyn, meaning The Vale of Roses. He was born to an aristocratic family in Caerfai, Pembrokshire, and studied theology under St Paulinus in Cardigan, eventually being consecrated Bishop.  His devout Christian life was an example to all, and he went on to found some twelve monasteries, encouraging his monastic followers to lead simple lives of quiet devotion and labour.

He is recorded to have included this encouraging exhortation in one of his last sermons; “Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.”   The expression “Do the little things” went on to become a well-known inspirational saying, and is still very much in use in Wales today.

 

 

Peace, Love and Understanding ….

Our troubled world is most definitely in need of more peace, more love and more understanding. More light in the darkness. More compassion. More patience. More kindness.  More standing up to evil. More helping the helpless and disenfranchised. More helping those on the margins of society, who are so often overlooked and ignored.