Beginning here … as water spills

In this month when we are considering and celebrating the seven sacraments Mae Mouk, on placement with us at St Chrysostom’s was asked to offer a thought on baptism. Mae writes:

“This is a poem by a local priest in Cambridge who is an inspiring musician, writer and poet. I find his imagery describing the Baptism of Jesus to be both illustrative and inspring”

Bappers

The Baptism of Jesus
Stained glass window
in the Anson Chapel

Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;
The river runs, the clouds are torn apart,
The Father speaks, the Sprit and the Son
Reveal to us the single loving heart
That beats behind the being of all things
And calls and keeps and kindles us to light.
The dove descends, the spirit soars and sings
‘You are belovèd, you are my delight!’

In that quick light and life, as water spills
And streams around the Man like quickening rain,
The voice that made the universe reveals
The God in Man who makes it new again.
He calls us too, to step into that river
To die and rise and live and love forever.

 

Fr Malcolm Guite’s poem about Jesus’ baptism from Sounding the Seasons published by Canterbury Press

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About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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