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Invitation to Photography: Honoring Saints & Ancestors

Welcome to this month’s Abbey Photo Party!

button-photographyselect a theme and invite you to respond with images.

We began this month with a Community Lectio Divina practice with our reflection on honoring saints and ancestors from the story in the Letter to the Hebrews.

I invite you for this month’s Photo Party to hold these words in your heart as you go out in the world to receive images in response. As you walk be ready to see what is revealed to you as a visual expression of your prayer.

You can share images you already have which illuminate the theme, but I encourage you also to go for a walk with the theme in mind and see what you discover.

You are also welcome to post photos of any other art you create inspired by the theme.  See what stirs your imagination!

How to participate:

You can post your photo either in the comment section below* (there is now an option to upload a file with your comment – your file size must be smaller than 1MB – you can re-size your image for free here – choose the “small size” option and a maximum width of 500).

You can also join our Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks Facebook group and post there. Feel free to share a few words about the process of receiving this image and how it speaks of the harvest for you.

*Note: If this is your first time posting, or includes a link, your comment will need to be moderated before it appears. This is to prevent spam and should be approved within 24 hours.

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4 Responses

  1. I have walked with the verse for a couple of weeks. The phrase ‘ surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses’ shone for me. I have received a few images which I’d like to share ( not sure if I can share more that one though). The second bit that inspired me was the ‘ridding ourselves of every sin and burden’, which gave rise to some ‘artwork’. I have made some leaf prints whose colour comes from the leaves themselves. It connected to another line from scripture in Isiah 63:’we have all withered away like leaves, and our sins blew( us )away like the wind’. I bracket the word ‘us’ deliberately. In this autumnal time of the shedding of leaves, letting go, mourning those who have joined the stream of souls in the river of life, leaves falling is an image that reflects to me the releasing of sins, ie that which separates us from the love of God, as the year draws to it’s rest, it’s good to clear the path of debris in preparation for the coming of the Christ-light.

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