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A Final Reflection

Anna Bessant reflects on the journey of the Glass Quilt …close-up

This project a strange marriage of glass, steel, wood, felt and prayer has been making a pilgrimage around the Cathedrals and Dioceses of Wales. Finally spending a week at the Welsh Assembly in time for the Friday of the Retreat Association’s ….. STOP IN THE NAME OF GOD! Weekend.Bringing the prayers of the people of Wales to the Heart of Governance. The Glass Quilt is a meditation piece. It comprises of 49 stained glass roundels in a woven metal screen. These roundels are Bezant crosses -­‐ nine circles encompassed by the tenth -­‐ illustrating the parable of the Lost Coin – the lost and the found. The four colour ways give the impression of a Jerusalem cross, which represents the four ancient sites of Christianity and Pilgrimage.(Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch and Rome ) This Glass Quilt housed in a Mongolian yurt forms part of the wall tent with glass quiltstructure and together they creat a space for meditation. ‘And He pitched His Tent among us’….. For 18 months we have journeyed resting and providing resting in our ancient sacred spaces. A sacred space within a sacred space. We have reflected on what it is to be a Pilgrim people and rejoiced in the parable of the Lost Coin. Schools have visited, stories told, Eucharist’s celebrated, toddlers comforted, sandwiches eaten, babies nursed….. Mongolian yurts are organic living structures-­‐ the technology is both ancient and timeless. Felt is held sacred by the Mongolian people because it is life sustaining . Felt making is bound up with the spirit of this nomadic people, and is part of their spiritual life. Yurts are white because they are to be pearls in the landscape. Each time the yurt is moved, the central wheel of the roof structure becomes once more the centre of the universe-­‐ a people realigned-­‐ a world reimagined. At one time their only stone structures were made to hold their dead, so the stone buildings of settled peopleslove God label were held in dread – no home for the living. But our understanding is different -­‐for us the very stones of our ancient sacred building can live .Resonating with centuries of prayer, bearing witness to our faith, and giving home to our living Church. Stones can leap for joy and truly ‘thin places’ can be hewn from heavy masonry and Faith. Yet still our Cathedrals embedded in the architecture of permanence on a grand scale – have found this tiny transient yurt with its stories and its comfort somewhat unsettling at times. The GLASS QUILT that arrives quietly gathers its prayers and disappears. Fleeting – transient-­‐ changing. Created and recreated -­‐the same but different. God of Light and Possibility we thank you for the journey Amen.

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