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St Anselm’s Chapel by Nikki Bennett

'In you is the source of light and in your light we see light'
Psalm 35

Eventide music pervades my body,
underneath the stars*, as I climb
spiral stairs to the tiny chapel;
outside is late autumn afternoon.

Away from distant chatter,
here is comforting warmth,
dimmed overhead lights,
candles for private prayer.

A few chairs, kneeling mats,
smooth vaulted ceilings,
rich blue-red carpets.
I light my candle for Jean.

I learn the Rule of St Benedict:
hospitality, listening, respecting.
I think more on my mother-in-law,
on the Raising of Lazarus.

And I am at peace, comforted,
in this quiet place,
in this quiet place,
in this quiet place.

Nikki Bennett, Chester Cathedral, 17th November 2018

* ‘Underneath the stars’ Kate Rusby
CD ‘Eventide voces 8’ – ‘Eventide’ – the magical space between day and night.
Eight perfectly blended voices, embraced by ethereal instruments, make music to beguile, inspire and soothe.  This is the sound of Eventide.’