Category Archives: Art

The Risen Christ in the ‘Indian Way’

This striking painting by the Indian artist Frank Wesley (1923 – 2002) shows the Resurrection appearance of Christ to the fishermen, as described in St John’s Gospel. (John 21). Wesley was born in India and studied art in Lucknow, and … Continue reading

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A young woman joyfully embracing the task

In November 2000 the Prince of Wales unveiled a striking statue of Mary high above the altar in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. The sculpture, in Portland stone is the work of the renowned British sculptor David Wynne (1926 … Continue reading

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The Ox and the Ass – inclusive nativities

Watching school nativity plays is one of the pleasures of being a school governor. I’ve seen a fair number these past years- stories about the sleepiest shepherd, the lost angel, the grumpy innkeeper, a fox come in from the woods, … Continue reading

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Valette at St Chrysostom’s

Pierre Valette  has been called a pioneer of Impressionism – the ‘Monet of Manchester.’ Several of his striking paintings are on display at the Manchester City Art gallery. While he often paints a grimy and frequently damp Manchester, he does … Continue reading

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Light from an Anglo Saxon Candlemas

On February 2nd (or a Sunday close to it) we celebrate Candlemas, The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. This is one of the most ancient of Christian festivals, and a description exists of the feast … Continue reading

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Wonderful work was done in preparation for the Nativities! display in church. The enthusiasm, creativity and hard work by children and staff at St Chrysostom’s and St John’s schools is simply outstanding. The project has clearly grasped the imagination and … Continue reading

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Creating cribs

Cribs and nativity scenes are a special part of Christmas. Many of us have our favourites. The ones we remember may not be artistically beautiful. Often it is an association we have with a particular nativity that makes it special. … Continue reading

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