Location: Parsonage Gardens
Designer: Damien Hine, theology student - truebeliever1989.blogspot.com
Location Notes: Evidence of Parsonage Gardens exists as far back as 1066. The gardens were used to provide food for the collegiate church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The 18th century brought a new church to the area, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century after city centre residents had moved to the suburbs. Road names in the area reflect this heritage, even Deansgate (which may reference the gate or way to the Dean or to Denys (an early St Mary’s was also dedicated to St Denys and St George)). It is now a hidden gem of the city, providing peace and tranquility.
Shrine Notes: This garden is so peaceful and charming yet only metres from Deansgate, one of the busiest streets in Manchester. Take a moment to be calm and to rest. Think about how we sometimes appear strong and busy to others, but on the inside we can be fragile and craving peace. Pray to God for times of rest this month and for friends and family who need to stop for a while. Think whether there is anything you can do to help both yourself and those you know to slow down for a bit.
Designer Notes: Parsonage Gardens reminds us that calm, space and stillness are possible in the midst of our busy lives and our busy city. The shrine has some symbols of things that I think connect authentic spirituality with the beauty of nature: leaves to represent life, some pictures of rest, some quotes referencing peace and a poem I wrote that is fun. Take a moment to reflect, engage and enjoy...
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