The Cloud of Witness – A Daily Sequence of Great Thoughts From Many Minds Following the Christian Seasons is indeed a gem. It was compiled by Edith Gell over 100 years ago and includes over one thousand quotes, scripture verses, and poetry selections. Each week begins with a new theme and prayer and each day starts with a verse from scripture along with poetry and excerpts from such luminaries as George MacDonald, William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson, William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.
This devotional is significant to those of us who practice the Charlotte Mason philosophy because we know that Charlotte presented The Cloud of Witness as a gift to the graduates of The House of Education, her teacher training college. She knew that this would help bind the graduates together as they went off to their jobs around the world. And for us today, it has the same effect as we are all meditating on the same passages, sharing our thoughts and insights, and journeying through the Christian Seasons together. It has meant so much to me that I recently had it reprinted for a new generation to enjoy! You can purchase The Cloud of Witness at Riverbend Press, like our Facebook page, find us on Instagram at “The Cloud of Witness Readers” or read more about The Cloud here and here.
Because the church calendar that The Cloud of Witness follows is based on the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer, there are now many changes to the calendar and it can be challenging to follow. Charlotte Mason Poetry has provided this calendar that shows exactly which page or pages from the devotional are assigned for the day.
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