Not #WILY. Not a straight organisational lessons blog. Just some deep thought provocation. There is more to life than just work – as I have found writing my daily ‘What I Learnt Yesterday’ tweets!
We were away for the weekend and dropped into Chester Cathedral on the Church’s holiest day. We were very lucky to arrive for 10 o’clock Eucharist on Easter Sunday – Bishop presiding, all the Deans and loads of incense. Just a lovely experience. And packed to the gun-whales.
But it was the stations of the cross that moved me, Each had a photo from WW1 I had to go back later to photograph them. I am sure their inclusion and what they depicted and the links made were very controversial (As it often is – 100 years ago, no veterans now, but living on through commemoration. But the poppies at The Tower were a bit controversial. (I wrote a blog about it last year – click ). And ‘Lions led by Donkeys’ – created a storm from which Michael Gove as Education minister didn’t survive, I seem to remember?)
But it was these ones that hit me very deeply. In order, they are:
Station 6 – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross
Station 13 – Jesus is taken down from the Cross
Station 1 – Jesus is condemned to death.
I hope the pictures do indeed paint a thousand words.
The Kitchener poster as Station one is proudly controversial. We do need to think big and bad sometimes, just to get nearer to the truth. (I am just as moved now, writing this and sharing. Proud? Profoundly sad? Or just glad to be reminded and to remember the sacrifices?)