Silence ~ an Advent Quest ~ the gathering Tenebrae

Light departs, shadows, soapstone sisters

twilight on dining table, end of day

As light departs to let the earth be one with night,
Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow;
The basket of twilight brims over with colors
Gathered from within the sacred meadows of the day
And offered like blessings to the gathering Tenebrae.

from Vespers, by John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

40 thoughts on “Silence ~ an Advent Quest ~ the gathering Tenebrae

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Lavinia. From your blog, I know you have a great understanding of beautiful light. I wish I could capture the light in the sky as well as you do.

  1. KerryCan

    Of course, my eye was drawn to the hardanger tray cloth! But you’ve done such a lovely job of pulling together special bits with great significance to you and putting them into a soothing arrangement!

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      My aunt would love you and Linda for noticing her tray cloth. It is a work of art. She was a great needlewoman. I am so pleased I am able to share her work with an appreciative audience. πŸ™‚

  2. Clanmother

    The light at the end of the day has a warm gentleness that invites us to silence. I especially like β€œSilence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow;”. It is the act of stilling our minds and letting go of our thoughts. Great insight.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Clanmother, at this time of year, I adore the light at the end of the day. I sit for as long as possible without turning on the light. Natural light glows from the white flowers in the garden. I am so pleased to see your post on silence and letting go. πŸ™‚

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s a lovely notion, indeed. I hope you are finding time for a little quietness after such a big move, packing and unpacking etc. I am glad to see you are keeping up your energy levels with delicious treats. πŸ™‚

  3. shoreacres

    There are undertones here, brought about by the juxtaposition of ‘Tenebrae’ and the cross worked into the mat beneath the flowers. It’s lovely, and resonant.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh, the loveliness of having an eye like yours perusing my images. I was not conscious of the juxtaposition of cross and Tenebrae when I took the photo. The tray cloth is a permanent fixture on my table. It is dearly loved because it was made by my aunt. To the right of the plate (and out of sight to you) is a small china dog which belonged to my grandfather, and then later to my aunt. The dog, the cloth, and the sculpture (a gift from my sister) fill me with sweet memories, especially towards evening. Bless your sharp eye for bringing the cross to my attention.

        1. Gallivanta Post author

          But I will move to morning at some stage; not very early morning because I am not an early riser. By the way, are you able to check my full wordpress page? There’s a little photo on the right hand side which you might enjoy.

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