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Friday, 5 February 2016

Stations of the Cross 2016: Experience the Passion in a pilgrimage for art lovers

Stations of the Cross 2016: An exhibition across London in 14 iconic destinations. Experience the Passion in a pilgrimage for art lovers. Feb 10 - March 28

We, at St Stephen Walbrook, are proud to participate in this unique exhibition across our city, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday.

For Christians, the Stations of the Cross represent 14 moments in Jesus’ journey through Jerusalem, from condemnation to crucifixion and burial. Across the chasm of two thousand years, this tortured path resonates with current events for people of many faiths and cultures. In particular, it calls to mind the hazardous journeys of refugees from today’s Middle East.

This exhibition invites people of all backgrounds to experience London as a ‘new Jerusalem.’ It tells the story of the Passion in fresh ways, using existing masterpieces and new commissions by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists. Take this Journey through London and let the Stations provoke your passions.

The Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, said that the Stations “navigate a journey” that was still relevant to “dispossessed communities, fleeing refugees, displaced identities, and all who suffer injustice and oppression”.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Aaron Rosen and artist Terry Duffy. It is supported by King’s College London, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, Coexist House, and Art & Sacred Places.

To learn more about this and other Stations—including an interactive map, podcasts, and events—visit the website: Download the Alight App to listen to podcasts about the Stations on the go! Visit the Interactive Map. Download a Devotional Guide by Dr. Carolyn Rosen to prompt your prayers or reflections.

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Station ​13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
Michael Takeo Magruder, Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016

As he took his last breath, Jesus cried out ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’ Resurrection must have felt far away in this moment, and later for the paltry few who remained to tend to his corpse. In this work, Takeo offers a lamentation not only for the forsaken Christ, but others who have felt his acute pain of abandonment.

In particular, Takeo evokes the memory of Syrians who have passed away in the present conflict, weaving their names and images into a contemporary Shroud of Turin. The Shroud, of course, is itself an image—an ‘icon’ in Pope Francis’ words—better known by its photographic negative than its actual fabric. Takeo’s digital re-presentation participates in and perpetuates this history of reproduction. But the real miracle isn’t the Shroud itself, it’s our capacity to look into the eyes of the forsaken—and see our Saviour.

Two events at St Stephen Walbrook in this period will foster reflection on the themes of Takeo’s

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