Thursday, 22 March 2012

Stations of the King's Cross

As Passiontide approaches, an anonymous artist has designed Stations of the Cross to be prayed on the Circle Line of the London underground - one station for each stop, the Stations of the King's Cross.  According to the project's website, the artist "has found idle train trips an amazingly fruitful time for prayer & contemplation".

The Catholic Herald quotes the artist:

It would be great if the wonder of the human imagination was acknowledged and encouraged more within the Church. Read the letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists [1999]. He has such clear ideas about the importance of art to human society. [As he says] ‘The human craftsman mirrors the image of God as Creator’.

It is a strikingly beautiful and meaningful way of encouraging Christians to reflect on the way of the Cross in the midst of a 21st century city - and a model of of how the Tradition, art and imagination can wonderfully combine to serve the new evangelisation.

(While the artist invites readers of the website to ask for a free book of the Stations of the King's Cross, as of this afternoon there are few copies left.  A good sign!)

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