Going west – a simple man

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Behind the High Altar of St Davids Cathedral there was once an empty space, open to the winds. In the early 1500s, Bishop Edward Vaughan created a chapel there which, for me, is the loveliest part of the cathedral. The Holy Trinity chapel seems to be a very simple space of hewn stone; such is the sense of harmony there that the intricate carvings of the fan vaulted ceiling barely register as being ornate.

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Instead, the eyes are drawn to the altar and to a niche through which one can just about see through to the High Altar and the shrine of St David.  Both the altar and the niche use carvings far older than their construction…fragments of history that were recognised as such five hundred years ago. In the niche, a sanctuary light burns before the ancient carved crosses that frame the little window. Above the altar, the reredos shows St James, St Andrew, St Peter and St Paul flanking a scene from the Crucifixion, with a Latin text,”Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world”.

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There is a sense of being enclosed here in an atmosphere of peace hallowed by centuries of prayer. Bishop Vaughan himself was buried in front of the altar. It seems an odd contrast… the churchman was responsible for many of the restorations and improvements that were added to the church in the 16th century and himself had an illustrious career… yet here he lies in an aura of simplicity.

For more pictures and to read more about St Davids, please visit the original article.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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11 Responses to Going west – a simple man

  1. chris jensen says:

    All built within the blood of man!

    Touching darling,

    chris

    Ps;

    where would the stake be,

    for those where burned, for un-religious beliefs?

    96 times i may add!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      All things have the potential for abuse by Man…even, or perhaps especially, religion. Political ambition and fanaticism in religion are no new thing…and doubtless those who promulgated such horror were just as convinced as modern extremists that their atrocities were committed in the name of their God… even though such acts are contrary to the teachings they profess to believe.

      I doubt if any country or religious body has an unblemished record and the organised Church, both Roman and Protestant, has been as guilty as any.

      That does not alter the value of the personal faith of millions of individuals who find comfort and guidance within its teachings.

      Where there is a real faith that gives a reverence for life and a love of our fellow creatures, I will treat it with respect, regardless of its name.

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  2. claire says:

    I love to partake of your travels! This seems a particularly lovely place.
    I was impressed to your answer to a comment also -.
    “That does not alter the value of the personal faith of millions of individuals who find comfort and guidance within its teachings. Where there is a real faith that gives a reverence for life and a love of our fellow creatures, I will treat it with respect, regardless of its name. ” I so agree.

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