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“A ‘benediction’ is a divine invocation for blessing or help. The film Benediction is also such a thing – a desperate and lingering cry for wholeness amidst some of the very worst that humanity can inflict upon itself,” says Jonathan Sargeant from St Francis College

The Queen and Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate, 1999-2009) present a book to 14-year-old Zainab Ahmed after her poem was read out during a reception at Buckingham Palace at the end of a poetry workshop for London school children on 16 October 2007 (Image by Anwar Hussein/Alamy)

Heaven found in ordinary

The Rev’d Dr Mark Oakley traces the significance of faith in the work of the Queen’s Poets Laureate: “Poets Laureate help us to see what Philip Larkin called ‘the million-petalled flower Of being here’. Thank God for that”


“Religion at its best is an expression of something that is deeply embedded in the human person”

“There seems to be an innate spirituality that has its origins in and expresses our essential humanity, which bubbles up when we get in touch with the source of our being. For me this helps to explain why the use of water is to be found in a wide range of religious practices and why buildings like St Paul’s in London, and St John’s here in Brisbane, draw into a prayerful stillness people who claim to have no faith,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt


Bishop Cam Venables’ Holy Saturday 2022 message

“In the Easter story it’s helpful to remember/that resurrection new life/did not arrive quickly/and that disciples, family, and friends/were crushed – shattered – nothing mattered!/The tomb was sealed/and all hope of justice/through future kingdom/had been crushed –shattered…/nothing mattered, anymore!” says Bishop Cam Venables in his Holy Saturday poem


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall’s Easter Day 2022 message

“When we gaze on the empty cross and into the empty tomb, ‘suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.’ May your Easter be filled with joy and hope and love,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall as he reflects on a poem by African American author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou