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 Imagining the Lectionary: Espalier for the soul (Advent 1C)

Reflection accompanying images:
Espaliered trees against stone wall” and
Espaliered trees detail of binding and support

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as
we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be
blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)

Espalier is the art of growing trees and woody shrubs in one plane, in this case against a wall,
and shaping the developing branches with ties or trellis to form a radiating or regular pattern.
With the blossom of spring long gone and the leaves now fallen we can see the structural
beauty of these espaliered cherry trees and ponder the patience and care with which they
have been tended in order to achieve this spectacular result.

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