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Two Reflections in Honour of St. David’s Day

March 1, 2014

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as our youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

(R. S. Thomas, 1913-2000, Welsh priest and poet)


            Set free
By Jesu’s mortal wounds are we,
Blest with rich gifts – and more shall be.
            Blessings has he in endless store:
Some drops are showered upon us here;
            What when we hear the ocean’s roar?

(anonymous Welsh, 18th century)


51lx58Ee5cL__SL500_The two quotations above are from A. M. Allchin and Esther de Waal, eds., Threshold of Light: Prayers and Praises from the Celtic Tradition.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas Sermon contained a quotation from R. S. Thomas, who is pictured on the right. You can see it by clicking here.

You can see last year’s St. David’s Day reflection by clicking here.

At our Services this Sunday, we’ll be singing Welsh hymns in honour of St. David’s Day, including the hymn in the video embedded below, possibly the most famous of all Welsh hymns, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.”

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