by Alan Harrison SJ
The recent redevelopment has opened up again the original vision of the founders of St Beuno’s by which the front doors open to the breadth of the beautiful valley below linking the building more directly with its immediate surroundings.
Guests arrive through this door guarded as it is on either side by two stone angels who in turn support a third angel who holds a shield high above the door showing the sign of the cross with below the inscription ascribed to Constantine ‘In Hoc Signo Vinces’, (In this Sign Conquer). In this way we are reminded of the utter self-emptying of Christ in love and reminded that we too have a share in that total surrender.
Once inside we are faced directly ahead with the image of the Risen Christ sculpted by Rory Geoghegan, a sign of that eternal victory over the powers of darkness in which we too share and towards which we are continually called.
The Entrance is a place of blessed encounter for all, where the inside meets the outside, and for many who come to St Beuno’s the start of a rich journey into a deeper understanding of God’s nearness to them. Such nearness is evident in that remarkable passage from Revelation. ‘I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share a meal at that person’s side’
God our Father,
Through your goodness you have given us this house.
We give thanks for all the blessings and graces received here, and pray in confident trust in your providence for the future. We ask you to protect and guide those who live, work and pray here. May they find peace, generosity and welcome and depart enriched by your grace.
Bless this place with your presence and look kindly on all who come here,
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.