The Cross in the Chapel

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St. Michael  

This blog entry follows on from the last one in which Areopagus Magazine was being highlighted as a special feature.

The Autumn edition of the magazine contains this piece of writing about a Ramestone Cross.  It was placed in the ancient monument of St. Micheal's Chapel at Rame Head this Easter. Rame Head is a spectacular piece of Cornish hill cliff jutting out into the English Channel which gives a clear view of the sea and all around.

The Cross is back in the Chapel

Today is Good Friday.
We are here,
on the extremes of a Cornish Headland.
Time cuts it’s place as ancient,
St. Michael’s Chapel on Rame Head.
Vacent, windowless, expressionless.
Overseeing Plymouth Sound,
Catching voices like a vacuum.
Monks, soldiers, lighthouses keepers,
they have poured into it’s aged suction.

In an obscured  place,
we  lift up a simple cross.
Made from fired earth,
the Chapel absorbs it.
A seamless link of celtic and modern,
of superimposed beliefs.

A faith heart begins to beat on Rame Head.


On Good Friday we placed a simple clay glazed cross
back inside St. Micheal’s Chapel after perhaps many centuries.
Through the cross, the Chapel’s  ancient Christian heritage is  linked to Cornish believers of the 21st Century.
Recently, I returned to check if the cross  was still in it’s place and it was.

If you visit St. Michael’s Chapel, try to see if you can find it, though it is not obvious.



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