By Jane Bentley
A full-colour consultant to the Iona Pilgrimage, either off-road and on-road, together with a wealthy number of readings, prayers, poems, pictures, songs, tales and reflections. For viewers to the island and 'armchair pilgrims' alike.
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Apparently the original Benedictine altar was made from this marble, but was later chipped away by tourists for souvenirs. Local folklore held that a piece of Iona marble would protect the bearer from drowning, so it is perhaps not surprising that people wanted their own talismans. Even today, there are a multitude of tourist goodies made from Iona stone – and one wonders how much of Iona is scattered around the world in the form of souvenir pebbles! Larger blocks of this marble are also well travelled and have been used in monuments worldwide, for example, in the statue of Queen Victoria outside Buckingham Palace and in the Scots Kirk in Jerusalem.
6. Leave to cool slightly, then mark into squares with a knife. 7. When cool enough to handle, turn out the squares to cool on a wire tray. 8. Serve from the back of a van – come rain or shine. A grace O God, to those who have hunger give bread, to us who have bread give hunger for justice. From South America HILL OF THE ANGELS This enigmatic-looking hummock has two names, both relating to the supposed power of the place. One name, ‘Cnoc nan Aingeal’, means ‘Hill of the Angels’, and is linked to Saint Columba through the following tale, as told by his biographer, Adomnán, about a century after Columba’s death: ‘Likewise, on another occasion, when St Columba was living in Iona, he addressed the assembled brethren, making his point with great emphasis, saying: “Today I shall go to the machair on the west coast of our island, and I wish to go alone.
The whole world stands in awe of your deeds, of the great things you have done. Your deeds bring shouts of joy from one end of the earth to another. And every hillside declares your glory. Psalm 65 (adapted) Psalm 8 Psalm 40:1–3 REFLECTION Marble Quarry Your marks are here – elemental massive incomprehensibly long in the making. And ours too … ingenious, persistent, but so young and slight. And I? I am so small a thing in this ancient cosmos yet am known and loved by you: my name is engraved on your palm, your love is inscribed on my life … and through that bearing of one another’s marks perhaps we have both been changed … Pat Bennett SONGS Christ the worker, Free to Serve (Hope Publishing) From creation’s start, Iona Abbey Music Book (Wild Goose Publications) COLUMBA’S BAY Columba and his followers are said to have landed on this pebbly, windswept beach in the year 563, having travelled from Ireland in a leather-bound boat known as a curragh.
Around a Thin Place. An Iona Pilgrimage Guide by Jane Bentley