Over the coming months we will be sharing daily reflections provided by our clergy. Please do keep checking this page.

During Holy Week, the Dean will be providing an extended daily reflection with accompanying imagery. To view these please click here.

Saturday 4 April | Sarah Hollingdale, Eastern Cloisters Project

Lord, today we pray for those who cannot be safely at home;
We pray for those in hospital,
For those who wake up in unfamiliar surroundings,
For those who have nowhere to call home,
And for the people who don’t feel safe where they live.

Friday 3 April | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

My movement in the world is restricted today;

I find myself avoiding people on the street and in the shop;

Being out and about seems a hazard, not a joy.

If I cannot journey freely in the outer world,

Let me now explore within, seeking you.

Help me walk the path of memory and desire;

Order the steps of my life, and the movement of my heart.

Photograph of the labyrinth taken during the Night of the Churches 2019

Thursday 2 April | Erica Manley, Perpetual Trust

A prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Wednesday 1 April | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

I sit still with you, Lord, in a quieter world.

You know me better than I know myself;

My hopes and fears are always open to you;

The secret of who I am feels safe with you.

In the midst of the world's fears let me to rest with you and find peace.

Photo taken at Barguillean, Argyll

Tuesday 31 March | The Very Revd Michael Tavinor

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,

or rejoice because thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Monday 30 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

In the dark I reach towards your light;
In the silence I strain to hear your word;
In my confusion I cling to you for peace,
and in my fragility I lean upon your strength.
Be a support, Lord, for those I hold in my heart.
 

Sunday 29 March | The Very Revd Michael Tavinor

Today's reflection is from Psalm 121, praying for protection.

The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand.
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day:
Neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in:
From this time forth for evermore.

Saturday 28 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin.

Lord, there are times when I need propping up and restoring,
Times when I feel my weakness and fragility.
Thank you for those who support and renew me,
Specially those who are supporting me today.
Help me show that I appreciate their care,
And give me insight to see how I can support others.

Friday 27 March | The Very Revd Michael Tavinor

Today's reflection is from Psalm 23.

He shall feed me in a green pasture:
And lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

Thursday 26 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

Lord, help me to bloom where I am planted, and to rise above everything that presses in around me.
Save me from being trodden down by things I cannot control, and make me beautiful in my place and season.

Wednesday 25 March | Revd Janet Bellamy

Calm me, Lord, as you stilled the storm;
Still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease;
Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

Celtic Prayer

Tuesday 24 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

Young Woman at the Window: Sunset by Henri Matisse

Lord, I’m shut in now, cut off and fearful.
Give me courage and wisdom and patience.
As the sun sets on the life I’ve known
strengthen in me the faith that it will rise again.
Be with those I love, be with those who have
no one to remember them,
Be with the lonely, the anxious, the sick and the frustrated.
Lord, you have known isolation and fear, be with us in ours.

Monday 23 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

Lord, I feel shut in and cut off from the life I thought I knew.

My place in the world seems small and colourless.

Let your warmth and light shine into my shrunken soul

So that I can be illuminated and expanded within.

In the prison of the present times show me that there is a bright world beyond.

Sunday 22 March | The Revd Prebendary Ann Barge

As we watch and wait in these strange, uncertain times
May we find comfort in the obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Who knew all that it means to be human watching, waiting and pondering
As she handed over her precious Son Jesus to be the light and hope for this world.

Saturday 21 March | The Very Revd Michael Tavinor

Today the Dean has provided us with a prayer by Sir Francis Drake reflecting on the idea of patience.

O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same to the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory; through him who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Friday 20 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

Lord, pour your love into my heart,

Clear and clean and fresh.

So fill me with your love that I may pour it out for others In compassion and in service in these dark days.

What I receive from you is not mine to keep, but yours to share; may I share it for the healing of the world.

Thursday 19 March | The Revd Canon Chris Pullin

Lord, I feel lost in the world,

Stripped bare of certainty,

Dried up and barren.

Help me turn to the warmth of your love

And reach out to your presence each new day.