SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
-from Rev Malcolm Guite of Cambridge, England
Love’s hidden thread has drawn us to the font,
A wide womb floating on the breath of God,
Feathered with seraph wings, lit with the swift
Lightening of praise, with thunder over-spread,
And under-girded with an unheard song,
Calling us to the life for which we long,
Yearning to bring us to our birth again.
Again the breath of God is on the waters
In whose reflecting face our candles shine,
Again he draws from death the sons and daughters
For whom he bids the elements combine,
As living stones around a font today,
Rejoice with those who roll the stone away.