We’ve been in Yorkshire this weekend and took ourselves to Vespers at Ampleforth.  Part of the magic of it – if that isn’t inappropriate – is that they spend no time on most of the things to which we give great importance.  No concern for relevance or variety or immediacy or particularity or communication or explanation or strategic planning  ..  They process in out of the middle ages.  They do what they have always done and they process out again.  It’s very refreshing.  I couldn’t help looking into their faces and wondering.   With some, you just wouldn’t know.  Others had those faces which mature but don’t age in that sort of ‘lived in’ way that the rest of us have – difficult to tell what age they were.  And some of the older ones had that aura which means that they had given themselves totally to it.  It makes you think …

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