Holy Rood House
Theological reflection and research into hymnody and healing
- For theologians and biblical scholars, hymn writers and musicians, and people who just love singing hymns!
- sharing stories to explore the power of hymns and songs in our lives reflecting on the theology and imagery used in hymns and songs
- exploring the relationship between words and music creating new words and music for worship, potentially leading to publication.
Hymns for Healing is a pioneering, unique project, springing out of the connections made between the therapeutic and theological work of Holy Rood House. The project has been funded by The Pratt Green Trust ( www.prattgreentrust.org.uk )and comes under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Theology and Health and the leadership of Rev’d Jan Berry, previously a Director of CSTH.
Those involved in the project have been working
hard in their explorations, writing and composing
Visit the Project’s website via this link:
This hymn of welcome was written for
Holy Rood House by Rev’d Jan Berry and
published in ‘Naming God’.
Tune Bard of Armagh.
We reach for a welcome that beckons us homeward,
crossing the threshold to find safer space;
a place we can turn to in hurt and rejection,
where tender compassion bears witness to grace.
We rest in a love that can offer us healing,
care for the aching and comfort for pain;
a gentle embrace of our wounds and our rawness,
protecting fragility through suffering and strain.
We work for a vision that holds us together,
built on the depths of the faith that we share;
through tension and giving, in silence and speaking,
our tangle of living is woven in prayer.
We long for a wisdom that answers our searching,
the questions and protests and agonised cries;
the glimpses of glory through anger and doubting,
the mystery of holiness clouding our eyes.
We sing of a hope that is flourishing in us,
shaping our lives into all they might be;
delighting in art and in music and laughter,
the God of creation in joy sets us free.
Time and Space to Create Hymns for Healing
|as an Individual|
|as a Group|
|Counselling and Psychotherapy Service|
|The Centre for Study for Theology andd Health|
|Hymns for Healing|