21 Dec 2016

Season's Greetings



Sheffield Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful place of worship. Last week by the time one of the group meetings I go to in an afternoon had finished it was dusk and the atmosphere in the various areas of the church was even more inspiring as the evening lights came on.





The new St. George's Chapel with the Holy Spirit Chapel
 and the Crypt beyond (accessed via a flight of steps).




This Advent five prayer spaces in different areas of the cathedral have been set up including a Prayer Labyrinth drawn on the floor of the old St. George's Chapel. (Prayer labyrinths were used in medieval cathedrals. Unlike a maze they have only one path, the inward journey to the centre and the outward path back. There are no dead ends). On the four pillars surrounding the labyrinth there are thought-provoking words or scriptures to inspire the visitor as he/she walks slowly around. The prayer spaces have a piece of creative visual art installed there. Each one was inspired by the Advent Antiphons that are sung in churches in the days before Christmas describing God's saving work in Christ and although it's not known when or by whom they were composed they were in use by the 8th century.   


The High Altar


The Shrewsbury Chapel


detail from the stained glass window in St. Katherine's Chapel 


This will be my last blog post before Christmas Day as our daughter is coming to stay tomorrow and we shall be enjoying her company and also getting together with our other daughter, our son and their families. Thank you for your friendship and support especially during the health challenges I've experienced during the last six months. I wish you a happy Christmas, Hanukkah Shalom to those who celebrate this festival and, above all, a peaceful time during the holidays for everyone.  


29 comments:

  1. Wishing you a very happy Christmas surrounded by your family Linda - a Christmas tree decorated simply with white lights only always appeals to me, and those golden angels above the High Altar are lovely.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. May you and your family have a very happy Christmas.

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  2. A Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you. A merry Christmas to you and your loved ones also, Ellen.

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  3. Breathtakingly beautiful! A lovely place to worship. Wishing you a very JOY-ful Christmas. God bless you and yours.

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    1. Thank you Jody. May you and your loved ones know God's blessings of His love, peace and joy this Christmas.

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  4. You once again took us on a beautiful tour, it was stunning. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by your family and best wishes for the New Year.

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    1. Thank you MM. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas and in the new year.

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  5. A beautiful Chistmas post Linda.
    Enjoy Christmas with your family, with love from Prunella Pepperpot ❤

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    1. Thank you Prunella Pepperpot for the visit and kind thoughts. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. I shall look forward to hearing about your latest adventures in the new year:)

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  6. A beautiful cathedral, such a lovely place to worship. Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you Jo. I appreciate you coming by and leaving a kind message. I'm thinking of you and wish you and your loved ones all the very best now and in the coming days. Linda x

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  7. Enjoy your family and have a wonderful holiday season..

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  8. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. What a beautiful church. I love the trees and lights. At the end of the year I do like walking a labyrinth, but not sure I will find one this year.

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  9. Such a beautiful building. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, Best wishes and Season's Greetings to you too:)

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  10. A beautiful, peaceful place of worship. Have a wonderful Christmas your family and very best wishes for the New Year.

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  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Linda!

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  12. What stunning architecture! Wishing you and yours the very best.xxx

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  13. Sooooooo much beauty, Linda! Thank you for this lovely Christmas Eve post...you made my day!! Wishing you a merry, merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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  14. l'implacable silence des lieux
    c'est magnifique

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    1. a beautiful thought and illustration Iris (Edith), thank you. Bonne année!

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  15. Happy New Year Linda. Good to see you and your lovely photographs. Thank you for your visit to my blog. I wish you and your family well for 2017.

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