2020 Lenten Reflections: A Holy Island Pilgrimage Part 12

Part 12 – The boiler-house chapel

Today we invite you to explore a re-imagined space – a chapel created in a former boiler house

As we step into the boiler house we are invited to catch our breath and think about how things change…

Not so long ago this boiler-house was fire for the church, warmth for worshippers, with Island voices singing metric psalms and ‘Will your anchor hold?’ Now the church is cleared of pews and pulpit, become a pilgrim centre, in a different time offering welcome space. Reimagined: even when the often-open doors are closed, around the back one place remains open, a chapel where the boiler used to be, now a silent place for pilgrims. Lift the latch, bow your head, and enter. Catch your breath and wait a while.

Lenten Journal 📚📖

As you watch each of these lenten videos, we invite you to pause and collect your thoughts in words, images and music.

📕Will your anchor hold?  

Stand, if possible, or sit in an upright position. Transfer your body weight from one side to another 7 times. Consider how sturdily you are supported by the earth beneath you.  What else roots you and grounds you? 

Will your anchor hold through the storms of life?

📗 ‘Reimagining: a chapel where the boiler used to be.’

Even the sparrow can find a home and the swallow can build her nest, well, almost anywhere. The resident bird and the wayfarer are innovative when it comes to reimagining and repurposing a space. 

“Warm spot” by Chili_bob is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

What’s the weirdest place a bird has nested in your neighbourhood or you’ve heard of? Consider why such novelty gives us joy. 

📘 ‘Lift the latch’

Think of a time when you have been a ‘pilgrim’ and crept toward the door of a church hoping to enter into an empty place for solace and peace. With hand on the latch, what emotions can you recall? What threshold of life where you facing at that time?  Capture your thoughts in your journal.

What welcome did you receive?  What welcome would you offer?

📙 ‘Catch your breath’. 

Look for the very last verse in the book of Psalms. Do what it asks of you. Then pause and thank God for your breathing – each ‘in’ and each ‘out’ – the full lung and the empty lung. 

Today, try and take this simplest of gifts as a treasure. Listen for the sighing of others, the laughter, the snore!  Thank God for the tiniest of murmurings. 

Pray for those who fight for the breath of others and indeed for themselves. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

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