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31 March 2020

 

A call to action! Last week we talked of praying the prayer that Jesus taught us. Another way of praying can be through poetry.

Today, alongside our prayers for the needs of the whole world, we recall the life and works of John Donne, sometime Dean of St Paul's, whose poetry is heartfelt and often very sensual. Remembering the beauty and power of poetry, we wanted to share an equally beautiful and powerful setting of poetry as part of our #homeworship series.

Take him, earth, for cherishing, was written by Christian poet Prudentius, who lived in the 5th century, and here it is set to music by English composer Herbert Howells. It is a prayer for peace after conflict, and reminds us of the eternal life which awaits us.