It really has been a most beautiful day and the colours of autumn are still vibrant. It is now possible to see the difference between the ordinary beech tree in my garden and the neighbour's copper beech. It is also their holly (covered with berries) in the bottom left corner of the daily sky picture.
Meanwhile ... as the day began the candles were lit and Saint Nicholas gazed down on me ... I do love to have some time with this icon and think often that, if there were one item to save from the house, then this would be it! Spending time quietly here is good preparation for the service in Saint Nicholas' that follows.
Bread of the world, in mercy broken,
wine of the soul, in mercy shed,
by whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead;
look on the heart by sorrow broken,
look on the tears by sinners shed;
and be your feast to us the token
that by your grace our souls are fed.
Church Hymnal number 403
Reginald Heber (1783-1826)