II Samuel 5:1-3; Psalms 122:1-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43
On the night of November 4, 1940, the City of Coventry, in England, already battered in several fierce raids by the Germans, was subjected to a continuous, 9-hour hail of incendiary and high-explosive bombs. The town center was reduced to a charred wilderness of rubble and twisted metal. All that remained of Coventry’s Cathedral of St. Michael, a Church dating back nearly 1000 years, were the lower walls and the 300-foot tower and spire. After the war’s end, and after a great surge of re-building, the beautiful new St. Michael’s Church was dedicated in 1962 …
At the altar end of the building hangs a huge tapestry — the largest in the world — picturing The Triumphant Christ.
The altar itself was constructed from stones taken from the charred rubble.
A cross made of charred beams from the bombed-out roof was placed above the altar.
On the altar was set a cross of 600-year-old iron nails which were recovered from the rubble. And above…
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