Diamond Jubilee

 Lindisfarne celebrates. In our chapel we pray:The diamond is a monarch among gems. If a diamond is properly faceted, it will sparkle with multi-colored rays of light. The famous Persian poet Hafiz remarked "the rainbow is confined in it forever".  May our Diamond Queen shine as monarch among the fifty four gems of the Commonwealth. May this unique global fellowship, voluntarily chosen by people who make up one quarter of the world’s population, be a rainbow family that circles the world in love.Ancient Greeks named the diamond ‘Invincible’.Immortal God, Source of all, in you may the Diamond Queen be invincible – may she and all her world-wide family bind to themselvesthe stability of earth, the strength of rock, the brilliance of sun, the truth  prophets and the enduring power of your Word.The diamond is a symbol of purity. It’s pure white light helps to bring our lives into a cohesive whole. It brings love and clarity into partnerships, bonding relationships. It brings clarity of mind and allows  soul light to shine out. Purity, wisdom and prophecy:

grant these gifts, O Trinity.
The lamp of the body is purity,
and those who have it their God shall see.
Your wisdom bestow as a light for the mind,
that we may grow compassionate, kind.
The gift of the soul is prophecy;
enlarge our vision that we may see.
            Echoes Columba’s prayer for three gifts
The Bishop of London calls us to use the Jubilee year to reflect on the biblical meaning of Jubilee. Despite rising material standards, there is an epidemic of divorce and relationship breakdowns, depression and child neglect; Let us use this time to re-set the direction of our society;  The diamond is a symbol of enduring trust. Lord, may these graces be ours, integrity, loyalty and truth.
Posted at 12:24pm on 4th June 2012
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