"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

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Temple Moments Part 5: The Wishing Tree

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In the temple grounds grows a “tree of wishes”.
The threads tied around its boughs represent the prayers of women hoping to find happiness through marriage.
The miniature cot suspended from its branch is a plea to be blessed with a child.

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Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai
The libretto to Dvořák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka can be found here


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Compline

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“We entrust ourselves to the night as if it were a great ocean from which we can fish up all sorts of wonderful things..”
From The Music of Silence by David Steindl-Rast

Compline completes the Liturgy of the Hours.
Its end marks the beginning of the Great Silence

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“Let all mortal flesh keep silence..”

Picture taken at sunset, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Vespers

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Vespers: evening prayer.
The dying of the light…

Picture taken at dusk in Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


Stumbling Into Light: Part 9

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Opening the doors to silence..

Picture shows visiting nuns in silent prayer at Kurisumala Monastery


Stumbling Into Light: Part 4

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Father and son:
“Teach us to pray..”

A family at prayer in Kurisumala


The Wall: Part One

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(The sound starts only at 0:40)

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Picture of the Wailing Wall taken in Jerusalem.


Observing From A Distance: Part 1

 

A nun from the Sacramentine Sisters of Bethlehem.

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Picture taken in the Grotto of the Lady Mary in Bethlehem


Vespers..

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Picture taken in the Grotto of the Lady Mary, Bethlehem


The Weekend Break: An Intermission

A store closes for lunchtime prayers.
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Picture taken in Kannur.


Sunday Errands

The purchase of votive flowers.

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Picture taken near to the Hindu Temple in Palace Road, Fort Cochin


Wandering Westward: The Light Of Votive Prayer

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“..et lux perpetua luceat eis.”

“..and let perpetual light shine on them.”
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Picture of votive candles taken in the Church of the Holy Comforter and St Cyprian, Washington DC


Pray Together: Stay Together

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A monk and a shop-keeper pray together in Ladakh
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A Way To Pray

A Tibetan Buddhist monk sits beside the doors to an upper room.
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A place of prayer and light.

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With opportunities for spiritual spring cleaning.
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Pictures taken in Diskit Monastery, Ladakh