Sunday, 18 September 2011

I was here ...

I didn't want to take too long over this quick snap ... it was a signboard beside the sixth century graveyard where I had conducted a funeral.   In normal circumstances it would have been wiped to remove a thick layer of grime and there would have been a dozen shots taken ... it didn't seem appropriate to do that with a crowd of mourners around. 
The place is Magherakeel ... unfortunately that's where the reflection is at its worst on the map ... near the top where the Parking symbol is.  A private funeral service was held in the home first, then a church service with a large crowd of people.  We then drove across Northern Ireland to the border with Donegal for burial in a plot that has been used by this family for well over two hundred years.
It is a lovely place.  The views from the graveyard are magnificent.  The hill was built by the early monks as a burial mound with clay that they carried up the steep slope from the river bed.  Remarkable feat.

God of all mercies,
you make nothing in vain
and love all that you have made.
Comfort us in our grief,
and console us by the knowledge of your unfailing love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer. 

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