Stones that pray

Whilst driving back through Belgium yesterday morning and admiring one of their many beautiful hoardings advertising various local sites of interest (yes, some hoardings can be beautiful – or rather the pictures on them can be) I was struck by the wording on one of them. A picture of a peaceful cloister was captioned “stones that pray” (des pierres qui prient). Here are some of my photos of praying stones, inspirational because of their location or innate appeal.

A small chapel in the Belgian countryside

Bronze angels in the cloister of the cathedral in nearby Trier, Germany

A (very) small part of the beautifully painted interior of the church of St Matthias in Budapest

A statue in the same church

cemetery angels in the graveyard of the country church of Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, UK

Last, but not least, and my favourite – the painting by William Holman Hunt entitled “I am the light” depicted in the stained glass window of the church at Okeford Fitzpaine


5 thoughts on “Stones that pray”

  1. It’s wonderful to look at the beauty created by men and women which crops up all over the world and takes us by surprise as we round a new corner. Thang God it exists to counter what comes into our lives each day as soon as we turn on the six o’clock News programmes. I too love the bronze angels – and the stunning final window.

  2. Greetings

    I have lived part of the year in The Netherlands for some 30 years
    and of course have spent a lot of time in Belgium.
    I find this a wonderful expression”Stones That Pray”

    Would you be kind enough to share exactly where this
    cloister happens to be.

    Thank you for all of the photos you posted.

    a warm smile
    silent lotus

    ” May your voice be loving enough to silence your own fears.” ….. silent lotus

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