Christ Church Cathedral
I began and ended my trip with evensong at beautiful Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford--where Jane's father and brother James were ordained. It was deeply moving to me, especially in my exhaustion at the end of the trip, to sit in that small cathedral, with its air of beauty and holiness, and hear the choir sing the psalms. "The Lord is my light and my salvation," they sang, "whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).
I thought of Jane's evening prayers: "Give us Grace Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address thee with our hearts, as with our lips. Thou art every where present."