"La Sainte-Chapelle, Nouvel Esprit"
The holy chapel, medieval reliquary
Where pilgrims honored holy fragments.
In my eyes it is the glory of Paris
Not for ancient remnants, now gone
But for the soaring stained glass
With shimmering stories of the Word
Cut into fragments of centuries old colors
Today's fresh light streaming through.
A holy chapel I want to be
With the Holy Spirit, le Saint-Esprit
Living and giving life within me
The stories of the Word, translucent
Illuminated by the Light of the World
A radiant sanctuary of the sacred
Miraculously inside this fragile temple
Holy chapel, new spirit
Sainte chapelle, nouvel esprit.
I recorded this piece, along with several others, at a classical concert in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in October 2016. "Chaconne" calls to my mind the drama of the passion and compassion of Christ on the cross.
You can find more music, photos and links here: La Sainte-Chapelle, the Glory of Paris.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.
It is a traditional season of fasting from physical distractions. That should give us an increased focus for feasting on what feeds our souls.
I'd like to spend Lent sharing goodies to nurture the spirit: music, art, nature photography, poetry, inspiring article links.
Along this theme of saints of the spirit, this came across my Facebook feed today. Saint Fred is an article in Atlantic Monthly about Mr. Rogers, the beloved children's TV personality and ordained Presbyterian minister who passed away on this day in 2003.
Also, while I'm here today, I realize that I neglected to send all of my Europe photo posts to this blog's subscribers last fall. Here are the links. I will try to send out the individual posts later.
- Off to Europe!
- Our First Afternoon in Geneve
- On the Shores of Lake Geneva
- All Around Geneve, All by Myself
- Sweet Sunday Morning in Geneve
- Saint-Pierre Cathedral
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
- On Our Way to the Swiss Alps
- O Little Town of Lauterbrunnen
- Mürren and Gimmelwald by Cable Car
- Staubbachfall in Lauterbrunnen
- Foggy Days in Lauterbrunnen
- Trümmelbachfalle, Ten Waterfalls in a Big Swiss Cave
- St. Beatus Caves at Lake Thun in Switzerland
- An Evening in Bern