High in this photo you will see some marvelous timber struts attached to the central spine of the chapel’s roofline. Pennie and the wizard call these struts “the ribs of Jonah’s great fish.” Sitting alone in the chapel after dark it’s easy to think as Jonah thought when he was in the belly of the beast…
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.”
– Jonah, ch. 2