Some words from the poem ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’ by the Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: ‘Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east, More brightening her, rare-dear Britain, as his reign rolls, Pride, rose, prince, hero of us, high-priest, Our hearts’ charity’s hearth’s fire, our thoughts’ chivalry’s throng’s Lord’.

‘Let him easter in us …’ as our High Priest, Prince, closest Friend of our hearts. Through our baptism, He is alive in us. May we know this deep presence within us, as a brightness in our darkness, and may God bless you this day.