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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    The gipsy of God
    There is no barrier between two worlds in the Church,
    The Church militant on earth
    Is one with the Church triumphant in heaven,
    And the saints are in this Church which is two in one.
    They come to worship with us, our small congregation,
    The saints our oldest ancestors
    Who built Wales on the foundation
    Of the Crib, the Cross and the Empty Tomb.
    And they go out as before to travel their old ways
    And to evangelize Wales.
    I have seen Dewi going from shire to shire like the gipsy of God.
    With the gospel and the altar in his caravan;
    He came to us in the colleges and schools
    To show us the purpose of learning.
    He went down into the pit with the coal miners
    And shone his lamp on the coal face.
    He put on the goggles of the steel worker, and the short grey overall.
    And showed the Christian being purified like metal in the furnace......

    The opening third of Gwenallt's 'St David' translated in A. M. Allchin, Esther De Waal: Threshold of Light - Prayers and Praises from the Celtic Tradition. It's St David's Day today. Honour this Celtic vision.

    [Pic of the month follows this theme too]