Golden blue

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This time before Christmas is beautiful as the dark blue air meets the gold and white of stone, paint and decorations.

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This is one of my favourite colour combinations, conjuring warmth, excitement and security.

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Photos from St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol – taken one morning before work. As I walked round, the volunteers put up a Christmas tree in the nave.

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And I enjoyed the quiet side aisles, with stained glass and carvings.

December 2016. For more, it was Birmingham last year.

Refugees run

 

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A beautiful image by Tatsuro Kiuchi of an adult struggling to adapt in a new land that could serve easily as a metaphor of the Annunciation (that light fall could be the angel, and the incomprehensible text the mystery she is asked to grasp).

Down the road the refugees run

A child, a father and mother

Scared by what they’ve left behind

And what they fear to discover

The illustration belongs to an article on the refugee crisis and the lyrics, from Wild Goose Hymns, a disc that played most Christmases at our house when I grew up, reminds us of another family on the run – the new family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, who in the current church calendar have to flee with a child a few weeks old. The holy family are the patron saints of refugees.

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More images on Tatsuro Kiuchi’s website, or article available at the Lehigh Review.

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