Prayer

This post is inspired by the Carpe Diem Haiku prompt for today, “Prayer”

When I first retired from my work in education, I went to work as a housekeeper at Prinknash Abbey This was a labour of love and I learned a great deal about the prayerful life from the Benedictine monks who live and work there.  I learned from Fr Alphedge that every single thing you do can be a prayer if it is done with reverence and joy.

Fr Alphedge at work and prayer

Peaceful and prayerful

monks, masters of mindfulness

sacramental lives

Fr Adhelm in the chapel at prinknash

Meaningful moments

Of quiet contemplation

simple and sincere.

Incense is made at Prinknash

Alone with your thoughts

humbly open your heart, and

Let healing begin

Stained glass window from Gloucester cathedral

Drowning in despair

from the core of your being

you cry to the Lord

Peace dove made of tiles

Simple and sincere

the sorrowful supplicant

speaks softly to God

Pieta from polish church in Torun

Fragile, the faithful

cry out in consternation.

Consolation comes.

sorrowful statue

Studying Icons

In silent contemplation

Wisdom is revealed

An icon from Russian Karelia

22 thoughts on “Prayer

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  2. Wonderful and powerful haiku sequence…one may even say “inspired by the Father.” God bless you for these verses and for your life which backs them up with deeds.

    Ron

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this post – I’m glad you reposted it. We have a Cistercian monastery about an hour and a half’s drive from here. I’ve stayed there twice – and visited several other times. My favourite thing to do was to observe the Daily Office in the chapel with the monks. Ohhh… you’ve made me want to go back for another visit!And my favourite is: Alone with your thoughts, humbly open your heart, and let healing begin.

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  4. Reblogged this on heavenhappens and commented:

    I thought I would re blog some of my very early posts from when I started blogging. At that time I had very few readers and I think it is a shame that some of the posts I loved were not seen. Now that I have a few readers whom I really appreciate I thought I would push my luck and see if I can get you to read my earlier haiku and ramblings. Hope you enjoy them x

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  6. This one is very meaningful to me … I often wonder what it would be like to be enveloped in the lifestyle of the monks — the lessons that could be learned from observation and being in their presence. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Meaningful moments
    Of quiet contemplation
    simple and sincere.

    Nothing complicated in prayers. You’ve said so in your verse Clever way of presentation with haiku interspersed with pics. Nicely heavens!

    Hank

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  9. Yes, every single thing you do can be a prayer if it is done with reverence and joy.
    Beautiful spiritual haiku, all of them.
    My favourite one:
    Fragile, the faithful
    cry out in consternation.
    Consolation comes.

    God bless.
    🙂

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