This poem was written by Daniel Gallagher of S5 in John Ogilvie High School, Hamilton as a reflection on his experiences of the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the UK. It captures the spirit of an assembly of the faithful, gathered before the Successor of St Peter, In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A procession of purity.
Pilgrims in awe of Peter’s proxy
Protected intimacy extends a hand.
Silence embraces the multitude-
Paragons of possibility.
In nomine patris
Failings considered, resolve truly pledged
Banded to offer thanks and regret
First, food for thought:
Judgement between self and Saviour,
Honour for a reforged Covenant.
Food for the soul:
Triumph and salvation!
Et Spiritus Sancti
Prayers of the ages, songs of the day:
Timeless love, eternal faith
Living God taken home