Praying with Stained Glass: The South Rose at Chartres (4)

Circling Jesus in this rose window are eight angels with censors. My sense of smell is as holy as my sense of hearing, sight, touch, or taste.

Angel incensing near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
My prayer:

May I know You with and through all of myself, including my sense of smell.

Biblical Touchstone:Angel incensing near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H Geoffrion

Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Revelation 8:3-4 (NRSV)

Invitation to Prayer:

Remember the smell of incense in a church. As you let the memories that your nose received and created come forth, what prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos:

The south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The South Rose at Chartres Cathedral by Jill Geoffrion

Other Posts in this series on Praying with the South Rose at the Chartres Cathedral:
(1) Meeting the Stained Glass Window
(2) The Center
(3) Symbols that still speak

 

 

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