Silent Sunday……. Off to Church

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Saint John the Baptist, The Parish Church of Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. So Quiet

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Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church), Copenhagen

All is quiet in Copenhagen.   For a short while this very busy City rests.

It is early on a Sunday morning and the city still sleeps, the empty streets giving a clear view from the Palaces at Amalienborg Castle , along Frederiksgade towards the dome of the Marble Church

Wherever you are today – at rest or play….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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Fortrose Cathedral, The Black Isle, North East Scotland

Built in the 13th century having been relocated from an earlier site at nearby Rosemarkie.  Fortrose can be found on the Black Isle, overlooking the Moray Firth on the North East Coast of Scotland.

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It is today an empty shell, but its rich Red Sandstone is still as dramatically dominant as it was in 1250ad, the date it was suggested it opened.

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Our current world is still confused so….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…. Off to Church

Whitby

The impressive arched entrance to Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire Coast

( Founded Circa 657ad.  The ruins of the later, 13th century Benedictine Abbey, remain to dominate the Yorkshire coastline )

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…. When is a Church, Not a Church

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St. Cynog Church, Llangynog, Wales

St. Cynog can be found in the Tanat Valley in the Berwyn Mountains, Powys, Wales.  The village of Llangynog is at the point where the rivers Eirth and Tanat meet.

Today Llangynog is a quiet community, a small village surrounded by Hill Farms.  It is also surrounded by the ghosts of once very busy Slate Mines and Quarries.  Remains of this industrial heritage can still be seen on the surround hill sides and along the neighbouring valley’s.

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St. Cynog dates back to 1254, with rebuilds at various times between then, and the last refurbishment in 1894.  Carved stone windows and a porch entrance and its carved stone pillars, add character to what could have been a plain stone building. Carved wood beams support the roof, but also add something special to an otherwise simple interior. Outside the Graveyard with its many slate headstones confirms its links to the local heritage…. and no doubt the Bell Tower will have sounded both solemn events as well as happier times for the village

As with so many Welsh villages, the church was once the centre of the community, Sunday Service a must, in fact considered a duty by many.  Today with the community shrinking in size St. Cynog is no longer the ‘Parish’ Church’.  It is though kept open, kept alive, as what is known as a Pilgrims Church available for travellers.  It still has an important religious role.  A programme of services is held at various intervals through the year, it is still used for weddings and funerals. Perhaps what is equally important , that as a Pilgrim Church, it is still a centre point for the community… far better than closure and standing empty.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th May

(C) David Oakes 2021