"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)

Posts tagged “Kopua Monastery

From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting: Part 3

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Afternoon:
sun shines through rain;
the wonder of a timeless covenant.

Picture taken at Kopua Monastery


From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting..

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A certain stillness..

Picture taken shortly after sunrise at Kopua Cistercian Monastery


Beginnings… And Endings

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A new day dawns.
And my stay ends…

Picture taken from Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


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: None

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None: the ninth hour:
a rainbow begins to break through the storm clouds.

Picture taken at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery. New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Sext

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Sext: the sixth hour

Picture shows the Abbey church and guesthouse, Kopua Monastery. New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Terce

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Terce: the third hour

Picture taken at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Lauds

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Morning Prayer

Picture taken during Lauds in Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Vigils

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A full moon lights the way to vigils.

Requiem Introit

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer;
to you shall all flesh come.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
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Picture taken on the way to 4:00am Vigils, at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery. New Zealand


The Path Home

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“Salva nos, Domine, vigilantes, custodi nos dormientes, ut vigil emus cum Christo et requiescamus in pace.

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.”

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep,
that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

At last, all-powerful Master,
You give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise.
For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations,
The light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to Israel your people.

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Picture of the mist-touched avenue, leading away from Kopua monastery in North Island, New Zealand.


Front Elevation

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Picture taken in the grounds of Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


Caught By The Light: Part 2

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Picture taken by one of the meadows of Kopua Monastery, New Zealand, in early morning mist.


Awaiting Dawn

“..they that watch for the morning..”

Sunrise at Kopua Monastery.
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Picture taken from the steps of Southern Star Abbey, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.