Christina Rossetti’s “Advent Sunday”

By |2020-12-16T16:13:04-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Christianity, Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

Advent is a season for stillness, for quiet, for discernment. It is a season of active waiting, straining forward, listening, attentive and finely tuned. Its good to keep a quiet space, a sacred time, an untrammelled sanctuary away from the pressures, to be still and hear again one’s deepest yearnings for a saviour. I hope [...]

“Mary Magdalene”: A Sonnet

By |2020-12-10T06:39:47-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

The 22nd of July is Mary Magdalene’s day, and continuing my sequence of sonnets written in response to the church year I post this for her. As usual you can hear the poem by clicking on its title or on the ‘play’ button. This sonnet is drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press [...]

“Ash Wednesday”

By |2020-03-29T11:36:29-05:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Audio/Video, Christianity, Culture, Malcolm Guite, Malcolm Guite’s Lenten Sonnets, Poetry|

Ash Wednesday Receive this cross of ash upon your brow, Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross. The forests of the world are burning now And you make late repentance for the loss. But all the trees of God would clap their hands The very stones themselves would shout and sing If you could [...]

A Sonnet for Saint Valentine

By |2020-03-29T11:36:30-05:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Love, Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

Here is a sonnet I composed in honour of the original St. Valentine. I notice some Facebook posts implying that as an early Christian martyr he has nothing to do with Romantic Love and should be dissociated from it. I believe that on the contrary there is every reason why he should be the patron [...]

A Quintet of Sonnets for Mary

By |2020-09-08T12:50:09-05:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Malcolm Guite, Mother of God, Poetry|

It is true that some Christians have disagreed with one another bitterly about her, but equally, in every age and every church she has been, for many Christians, a sign of hope, an example of prayer, devotion and service, and an inspiration. In a strange way, which I will write about one day, she was [...]

A Sonnet for The Feast of St. John the Evangelist

By |2020-03-29T11:36:43-05:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Literature, Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

Two days after Christmas, on the 27th of December, the Church keeps the feast of St. John the Evangelist. It is fitting that the Gospel writer whose prologue delves so deeply into the mystery of Incarnation, and whose words “The Word was made flesh” are read at every Christmas Eucharist, should have his feast-day within the [...]

“O Virgo Virginum”: A New Sonnet Set and Sung

By |2020-03-29T11:36:44-05:00December 24th, 2017|Categories: Malcolm Guite, Mother of God, Music, Poetry|

Last year I was asked by the Precentor of Wells Cathedral if I would write an extra 8th Antiphon sonnet to go with the special 8th O antiphon, O Virgo Virginum, which was used in English churches and Cathedrals in the middle ages, as distinct from the usual seven on the continent. He explained that the Cathedral was [...]


By |2020-03-29T11:36:46-05:00August 6th, 2017|Categories: Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

Continuing my series of sonnets ‘Sounding the Seasons’ of the Church’s year, here is a sonnet for the feast of the transfiguration. The Transfiguration is usually celebrated on August 6th, but sometimes on the Sunday nearest, and sometimes in mid-Lent, which is a good time for it, as I believe the glimpse of glory in Christ [...]

A Sonnet for St. Benedict

By |2020-03-29T11:36:50-05:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Malcolm Guite, Poetry, St. Benedict|

On July the 11th the Church celebrates the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the gentle founder of the Benedictine order and by extension the father of Monasticism. A moderate and modest man he would have been astonished to learn that his ‘simple school for prayer, ’his ‘modest rule for beginners’ led to the foundation of communities [...]

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