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After Touring St. Mels Cathederal

Windows in Saint Mels Cathederal in Longford
Windows in Saint Mels Cathederal in Longford

Where the fire burned… its smell intimately familiar
One statue survived, mere damage and dust of smoke
Pictured on the walls: the ruins, it looks now that there was never any
I listened, as the bishop of it spoke
Of the sculpture of the Stations and the Church Mice
Of how neither realistic or mystic was the style
What I understood most was what heretofore Id liked the least: the windows
To make an environment for prayer: that made me smile
The light flooded in as if God there dwelt among us
A baby being baptized below us bawled and cried
I said a silent prayer of few words and yet much meaning
If Christ looked down I thought he’d say “That’s why I died”

Stations of the Cross at St Mels Cathederal Longford
Stations of the Cross at St Mels Cathederal Longford
St Mels Cathederal Longford
St Mels Cathederal Longford

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