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Prayer 1: a contemplative soul

from Seven Prayers for Stephen Chilton: Requiem [album] by John Harvey



You, Lord, have given me a contemplative soul for a reason. Because, to discover you and display your light to others, the only way (I believe) I can do this is to have time to reflect on the mysteries of your being. And, I believe, you want me to do this.

I am so joyful in who I am, in how you have created me; and I feel that you have gifted me with a most wonderful being and life. Things that I am unable to appreciate when I am asked to work in such a ruthlessly draining environment – I know you are asking me to have for others more than myself too. But I am unable to do this on the scale that teaching demand: hundreds of students. I feel, Lord, that you are asking me to do this in a more intimate way – more present, fully, to another (April 17, 2010).


from Seven Prayers for Stephen Chilton: Requiem [album], released November 2, 2021


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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

I’m a practitioner and historian of sound art and visual art, and former Professor of Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, UK. My research field is the sonic and visual culture of religion. I explore the sonic articulations of the Christian religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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