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Imagining the Lectionary: Preserving the positive image (Easter Day)
Reflection accompanying images “Sinnington anglo saxon cross embedded in wall of parish church” and “Christ crucified built into fabric of the church at Sinnington.

Rumaging through the dusty old attic storeroom full of long forgotten boxes and containers passed down through the generations you prise open a battered shoebox and discover inside it a jumble of yellowed envelopes which contain photographic negatives, prints and slides. The faces you see there are unfamiliar, as is the handwriting which annotates the collection.  The clothes and houses, the transport, everything points to these people and places belonging to that long bygone age at the end of the century before last, beyond the reach of living memory. Yet there is something about the snapshots of these unknown lives which speaks deeply to your own present search for meaning, belonging and identity. The awareness that you are yourself related to these forgotten ones sparks your curiosity about the familial journey which has led you to being who you are today. Just as you are pondering this, one small paper packet slips out of your hands and drops to the floor. Picking it up you notice that the paper is older and rougher than the neater envelopes you have been sorting through. The writing style is different too and there is an unmistakeable roughness and urgency to the registration of the ink. There are only two words printed in block capitals, finished off with a bold exclamation mark, but they startle you with their imperative force:


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