Magazine article Anglican Journal

Terry Finlay Sees Hope in God's Love

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Terry Finlay Sees Hope in God's Love

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Ponder These Things: Praying with Icons of the Virgin By Rowan William Published by Canterbury Press, Norwich 74 pages, $26.75

I UNDERSTAND THAT, as the congregation left Canterbury Cathedral after the enthronement Service for Archbishop Rowan Williams, each person was presented with a copy of Ponder These Things: Praying with Icons of the Virgin, written by the archbishop.

This small monograph of 74 pages found its beginning in material that the archbishop developed from meditations during a diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk, England. He says, "These ... are really about how we are led by faith both to live in the world ... and at the same time to be aware of the utter strangeness of God that waits in the heart of what is familiar."

He does this by introducing the reader into the mystery of reflecting on three Russian icons and a weaving of scarlet and purple fabric. icons are usually flat pictures painted in oil on wood, sometimes in mosaic or ivory, representing our Lord, perhaps the Blessed Virgin Mary and/or other saints. …

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