"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 “Southern Star Abbey

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: Vespers

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Vespers: evening prayer.
The dying of the light…

Picture taken at dusk in 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: 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


Caught By The Light

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Picture taken in my room while staying in Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


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.