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The view from our London rental flat: the dome of St. Paul's. We're in Amen Court. Walk across the road with that spirally metal thing on your right and you're in Paternoster Square.

I have a niche in my soul for St. Paul's. When I'm here I always try to attend daily Evensong, and other services if I can. I've always loved English church music, and after years and years and years of planning and leading services, I find liturgy as restful as a soft springy bed. All you have to do is relax into it. And, after all, I'm not responsible for getting all those choirboys to sing in tune.

But there's more than that to St. Paul's, for me. Not sure exactly of all the dimensions, but two I can identify.

St. Paul's is a Wren building. It feels familiar; Wren designed the buildings where I did my grad work and taught for eighteen years. The lines and spaces and colors are home-like, even so far from home.

And St. Paul's survived. This part of London was nearly obliterated by the Blitz, but the dome stood above the dust. Ultimately the City rose back up around it. Resurrection in stone: the most obdurate, least cooperative material ever.

So this week, I'm working in the shadow of St. Paul's. Evensong nightly, bells on the hour.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz#/media/File:Air_Raid_Damage_in_Britain_during_the_Second_World_Wa...
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The view from our London rental flat: the dome of St. Pauls. Were in Amen Court. Walk across the road with that spirally metal thing on your right and youre in Paternoster Square. 

I have a niche in my soul for St. Pauls. When Im here I always try to attend daily Evensong, and other services if I can. Ive always loved English church music, and after years and years and years of planning and leading services, I find liturgy as restful as a soft springy bed. All you have to do is relax into it. And, after all, Im not responsible for getting all those choirboys to sing in tune.

But theres more than that to St. Pauls, for me. Not sure exactly of all the dimensions, but two I can identify.

St. Pauls is a Wren building. It feels familiar; Wren designed the buildings where I did my grad work and taught for eighteen years. The lines and spaces and colors are home-like, even so far from home.

And St. Pauls survived. This part of London was nearly obliterated by the Blitz, but the dome stood above the dust. Ultimately the City rose back up around it. Resurrection in stone: the most obdurate, least cooperative material ever.

So this week, Im working in the shadow of St. Pauls. Evensong nightly, bells on the hour.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz#/media/File:Air_Raid_Damage_in_Britain_during_the_Second_World_War_HU36220A.jpg

 

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Susan, have you read Blackout and All Clear, a duo by Connie Willis? In many ways, St. Paul’s is a character in them. I recommend them highly!

I was stationed in London for two years when I was in the Navy, and I went to Saint Paul’s as often as possible. It is truly a treasure!

"Resurrection in stone..." Promise you'll never stop writing.

Evensong is a beautiful service.

Went to London first time in June, life long dream! St Paul’s easily was a favorite and we climbed all the way up and stayed for Evensong after. I had told my boys if I suddenly had tears in my eyes during the trip it would be because I’ve wanted to go for so long...listening to Evensong in Wren’s most magnificent cathedral after touring it brought them on. Absolutely incredible, only St. Peter’s holds a candle.

Beautifully written. This brought tears to my eyes.

Always remember the unforgettable picture of St. Paul's during the "Blitz."

I love posts like these. I just got back from England and missed every Evensong opportunity for various reasons.

Evensong <3

Beautiful ❤️

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Tonight is opening night of Peace Hill Farm's Corn Maze!!! The gates of corn open at at 4pm. Join us and get lost in the creepiest of mazes. If you're scared of being scared, grab a cup of hot chocolate and try a hand at pumpkin painting on a pumpkin picked right from our patch. Then take a stroll through the path in the woods to see all of the animals at the farm.

To see a list of all activities, and for more information, visit www.historicpeacehill.com

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