Southwark Gloria

As an Easter gift I received a poem from a friend, the Revd Elaine Dando. I first met Elaine in 1980 when her husband and I began training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Since then Elaine herself was ordained. Both her and her husband, Stephen, have a deep love for Southwark Cathedral and this poem, written by Elaine, comes out of that. I asked if I could share it with you and she kindly said yes.

‘Gloria in the space of silence’

Southwark Gloria

Gloria in excelsis:
Gloria in trains trundling
Past cathedral windows,
In tall shoots, stretching skywards
Over rumbling viaducts, high.
Gloria in the space of silence
In waiting Harvard
And the retro choir.
Gloria in our multi coloured,
Multi gendered revelation,
Of blessed incarnation
Inside this womb of consolation
and without.
Gloria in lonely isolation,
Gloria in blessed congregation:
In Bishop, priest and people dressed
For splendid celebration.
Gloria, as wafts of spicy food
and traffic fumes
Invade our nostrils,
As people lap our borders
With their gastronomic buys.
We sing our Gloria
To the glorious,
To the hopeful
And the suffering;
To the present moment
In all it’s deep fecundity,
In all it’s sweet theophany
From Earth to heaven, high.
Gloria, Gloria, Gloria
We worship and adore you
Our dear and suffering servant
Our endless life-filled spirit
The source of all our being
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra pax hominibus.
Glory to you, most high!

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