A Surprise Visit to the Marble Church

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St Margaret’s Church, also known as the Marble Church, was built between 1856 and 1860,  and is located just off the A55 Expressway [Junction 25]. The church tower stands at 62 metres high and is visible for miles around.

The church was built with a type of limestone resembling porcelain. Expert stonemasons were recruited from around North Wales.  The interior features fourteen kinds of marble from Ireland, England, France and Italy. The Victorian stained-glass windows are stunning.

Immediately to the west of the church is Kinmel camp, which was a military camp located in the grounds of Kinmel Hall.  The camp was used by Canadian troops during the First World War.  The churchyard contains the graves of numerous victims of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 in the camp.  In total there are 112 Commonwealth service personnel commemorated here from World War 1.

The church is open daily for private prayer and meditation and visitors are very welcome.

A Magic Stopping Of The Sun

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“All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge, 

and walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard.

Above landscapes the colour of ripe gold.  

Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.”

Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author

Images: View of the Dee Valley from  Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, N Wales, by Isabella Rose

Where Voices Sing Your Beauty

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“There is a place where voices sing Your beauty,

a place where every breath carves an image in my soul.”

Rumi

Image: Autumn in Moss Valley by Isabella Rose

Invocation To The Dawn

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“Look  to this day, for it is Life, the very life of Life;
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence…
the Bliss of Growth, the Glory of Action, the Splendour of Beauty.

For Yesterday is but a Dream,
and Tomorrow only a Vision;
But Today well lived makes Yesterday a Dream of Happiness
and Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.
Such is the Salutation to the Dawn.”

Kálidása

Images: The sun rises as we sail into Rhodes harbour [by Isabella Rose]