Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gougane Barra

During last months clergy conference we had a couple of hours of free time, so I made my way to Gougane Barra.  St. Fin Barre built a monastery here in the sixth century and it's not hard to see why; it is a beautiful and peaceful place...

But there is something about this place that goes beyond its beauty. Perhaps it's because of the centuries of prayer and Christian witness, perhaps it's the example of St. Fin Barre himself or maybe it is because this place predates our man-made church denominations. In the sixth century there were no Protestant or Roman Catholic churches in Ireland, that all came later (and all the pain / mess that came with it which continues to this day).  Last night at the Institution service for the new Rector in Bandon, Rev. Denis MacCarthy, there was a particular prayer before the Holy Communion that struck a chord with me:

As the grain once scattered in the fields
 and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside
 are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,
 so, Lord, may your whole Church soon be gathered together 
from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.  Amen.

Gougane Barra 2


Gougane Barra 1

Gougane Barra 5


Gougane Barra Church Interior


All pictures taken using Nikon F100, Nikkor 18-35mm lens and Fujichrome Sensia 100 Slide Film (which has now sadly been discontinued).  

5 comments:

Wendy said...

Beautiful Pictures - never have I seen pictures that do the place justice. Wonderful Daniel!

Gary said...

Beautiful reflections Daniel. You got a good day for photos!

Daniel Owen said...

Thanks Wendy and Gary - yes it was a beautiful day for photos!

Willi Nesbitt said...

Great photographs. Captures the place very beautifully!

Daniel Owen said...

Thanks Willi.