"why is this night different from all other nights...?"
‘I am Adonai. I will free you ... rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am Adonai your God..' Ex 6.6
On that day you are to tell your son, ‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.’
Begin by finding a comfortable position where you can remain alert and yet also relax your body. Bring your attention to your breath and allow a few moments to become centered. If you find yourself distracted at any time, gently return to the rhythm of your breath as an anchor for your awareness. Allow yourself to
settle into this moment and become fully present.
Read your selected scripture passage or other sacred text once or twice through slowly and listen for a word or phrase that feels significant right now, is capturing your attention even if you don’t know why.
Gently repeat this word to yourself in the silence.
Second Movement – Meditatio: Savoring & Stirring
Read the text again and then allow the word or phrase which caught your attention in the first movement
to spark your imagination. Savor the word or phrase with all of your senses, notice what smells, sounds,
tastes, sights, and feelings are evoked. Then listen for what images, feelings, and memories are stirring, welcoming them in, and then savoring and resting into this experience.
Third Movement – Oratio: Summoning & Serving
Read the text a third time and then listen for an invitation rising up from your experience of prayer so far. Considering the word or phrase and what it has evoked for you in memory, image, or feeling, what is the invitation?
This invitation may be a summons toward a new awareness or action.
Fourth Movement – Contemplatio: Slowing & Stilling
Move into a time for simply resting in God and allowing your heart to fill with gratitude for God’s presence in this time of prayer. Slow your thoughts and reflections even further and sink into the experience of stillness. Rest in the presence of God and allow yourself to simply be. Rest here for several
minutes. Return to your breath if you find yourself distracted.
Gently connect with your breath again and slowly bring your awareness back to the room, moving from inner experience to outer experience. Give yourself some time of transition between these moments of contemplative depth and your everyday life. Consider taking a few minutes to journal about what you experienced in your prayer.
FHC is guest hosting today for the
InSPIREd blog meme
where you'll find a wide variety of church architecture featured
each weekend by bloggers around the world.
Today's feature is the Chapel
of the Holy Cross located in Sedona Arizona.
on the buttes with a westerly view overlooking Sedona Arizona, the Chapel of
the Holy Cross was completed 58 years ago in April 1956. With its universal
appeal, it is a must see attraction in Sedona.
The unique location offers breathtaking views of the majestic Cathedral
Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and much of the eastern rim of Sedona.
chapel was originally inspired and commissioned by local resident
of Oak Creek AZ, rancher, artist and sculptor, Marguerite Brunswig Staude. After experiencing a recurring vision of a
cross on the newly completed Empire State Building, NY, in 1932 and throughout the 25 years that followed, the
cross became a recurring theme. Inspired
to build a skyscraping cathedral in Europe, Marguerite secured the assistance
of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. WWII’s
outbreak forced cancellation of their plans and the decision to build in her
Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect
August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built
on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted
Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred
Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. Ground turning
in 1955 began the Chapel of the Holy Cross, completed in April 1956.
via Steven W Dengler
of the Holy Cross was built 250 feet above the valley, sheltered by the
thousand foot twin pinnacle spur known as the Twin Buttes.
American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made
Wonders of Arizona.
the sculptor Staude's words, "Though
Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its
doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come
to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality." A mosaic tile dove inlays the approach to the
entry. A plaque at the entry quotes
“Peace to all who enter here”.
of the chapel is spare, in deference to the awe inspiring beauty of Creation
evident outside the window fronting the altar and again at the rear of the
chapel as one exits. The cross is central and dominant in the space. Simple
bench seating, walls adorned with tapestries depicting Old Testament prophets,
candelabras and flickering red votives create a serene, contemplative sanctuary.
Plus 381 additional visitor photographic views HERE
[ My favourites are the beautiful views as one exits the chapel ]
of the Holy Cross was the first contemporary structure built as a Catholic
church, and belongs to the parish of St. John Vianney in Sedona and the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily and closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Visitors are invited to attend a brief evening prayer service on Monday
evenings at 5pm.
climb from the parking area requires use of caution and comfortable shoes.
There is a parking area at the top for the physically challenged.
Find unusual Historic background regarding past uses of the Chapel
Thank you for visiting today and sharing the beauty of
Chapel of the Holy Cross in its InSPIREd setting!
May your Palm Sunday worship be a Blessed time of remembrance and celebration.