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RleC
Rennes le Chateau

[15Apr23] I photographed vicars and their churches for an I&P project. I was surprised to find that, although two were CofE, they had Stations of the Cross installed. I am not a follower of organised religion (there's a short autobiography somewhere on the site that mentions my religious upbringing), I do love churches and their contents: my fascination with Stations and their design goes back to my learning of some of the strangest examples at Rennes-le-Château.

We visited RleC 20+ years ago - there's a snap somewhere of my son and me standing at the town's nameplate [Sep23, now right] and I took some photographs in their church, Saint Mary Magdalene including the stations but I have no idea where they are, if anywhere. I'd like to go there again, but I doubt we'll manage it.

So, expect a typography and a book of more accessible Stations.

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The Stations

According to Wikipedia (2023, I can now cite that with equanimity, having dropped out of the degree) there are 14 stations:

  1. i. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. ii. Jesus takes up his Cross
  3. iii. Jesus falls the first time
  4. iv. Jesus meets his Mother
  5. v. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
  6. vi. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. vii. Jesus falls for the second time
  8. viii. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. ix. Jesus falls for the third time
  10. x. Jesus is stripped of his garments (sometimes called the "Division of Robes")
  11. xi. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
  12. xii. Jesus dies on the Cross
  13. xiii. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
  14. xiv. Jesus is laid in the tomb

Some earlier lists include just seven of those - 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11 and 14

Some add an extra 15th xv. the Resurrection.

There are also the Stations of the Resurrection, over which there is disagreement regarding the components. Wiki suggests,

1. Jesus is raised from the dead
2. The finding of the empty tomb
3. Mary Magdalene meets the risen Jesus
4. Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus
5. Jesus is known in the breaking of bread
6. Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem
7. Jesus gives the disciples his peace and the power to forgive sins
8. Jesus strengthens the faith of Thomas
9. Jesus appears by the Sea of Tiberias
10. Jesus forgives Peter and commands him to feed his sheep
11. Jesus commissions the disciples upon the mountain
12. The Ascension of Jesus
13. Mary and the disciples wait in prayer
14. The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost


Where to start?

I'll go back to Holy Trinity and St Barnabas
I'll go to Westminster Cathedral
I'll look for lists.
I'll borrow someone else’s photographs of RleC.

[13Sep23] St Barnabas is done. Father Ward seems to have left Holy Trinity and so I have written to the Parish Office.

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St Barnabas

[11Sep23] I called in last Sunday and, after the service, photographed the dome mural for the Postcards from Home project and the Stations.

This is my first photographing of a set of Stations. St Barnabas has difficult, varied and often oblique lighting at noon on a bright Summer's day. Oblique should be desirable in revealing the detail of a copper etching but the variability did not help. Perhaps a unifying LUT would help.

So far as identification is concerned, this is my first attempt, but I think I have all but the last. [13Sep] Perhaps 2.11 is “stripped of garments” and 2.12 is “laid in tomb”. I think I’ll go with that.

The provenance of the series, as told to me by Steve Cook, the vicar of St Barnabas when I photographed him for a previous project is that it was created by a member of the congregation in memory of his late wife. If he told me the names, I have forgotten them.

St Barnabas St Barnabas
St Barnabas, Eltham
1. St Barnabas, Eltham
2.1 i. Jesus is condemned to death
2.2 ii. Jesus takes up his Cross
2.3 iii. Jesus falls the first time
2.4 iv. Jesus meets his Mother
2.5 v. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
2.6 vi. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
2.7 vii. Jesus falls for the second time
2.8 xi. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
2.9 xii. Jesus dies on the Cross
2.10 xiii. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
2.11 x. Jesus is stripped of his garments
2.12 xiv. Jesus is laid in the tomb

Bruges

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Ad Haring working on the installation
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[18Oct23] Our first trip abroad for 5 years, a weekend by coach to Bruges with a visit to Ghent. Quite fortuitously, there were two Stations dislays in Bruges churches, one, possibly the greatest I will ever see, by Ad Haring, the other a mundane and pretentious series of linear abstracts by Jac Bisschops.

Ad Haring

The image above from kerkenleven.be shows the size of the pieces. The photographs below show each station separately, a panorama of the whole and I have a video too [link]. The panorama incorporates the artifacts of processing, which is my practice. The individual images have been altered to remove the distracting backgrounds and station overlaps where necessary and possible.

Ad Haring Ad Haring
Ad Haring, Church of Our Lady, Bruges
1.1 i. Jesus is condemned to death
1.2 ii. Jesus takes up his Cross
1.3 iii. Jesus falls the first time
1.4 iv. Jesus meets his Mother
1.5 v. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
1.6 vi. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
1.7 vii. Jesus falls for the second time
1.8 viii. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
1.9 ix. Jesus falls for the third time
1.10 x. Jesus is stripped of his garments
1.11 xi. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
1.12 xii. Jesus dies on the Cross
1.13 xiii. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
1.14 xiv. Jesus is laid in the tomb
2. Panorama

Jac Bisschops

The booklet states,

The "Way of the Cross towards inner stillness" has been created by Jac Bisschops, who was born in Bocholtz (The Netherlands) in 1952. He worked on it between 2008 an d 2010. The fifteen Stations of his Way of the Cross are based on five basic colours which are used three times each:
- ultra-marine blue: colour of infinity, immensity, inscrutability;
- brown-ochre: colour of earthliness, transitoriness;
- black: colour of the night, darkness, destruction and death; - titanium-white: colour of purity, revelation of immaterial truths;
- gold: colour of the divine light, of resurrections.

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Jac Bisschops, Saint Salvators Cathedral, Bruges
1.1 i. Jesus is condemned to death
1.2 ii. Jesus carrying the cross
1.3 iii. The first fall
1.4 iv. Jesus meets his Mother
1.5 v. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
1.6 vi. Veronica cleanses Jesus' face
1.7 vii. The second fall
1.8 viii. Jesus comforts the weeping women
1.9 ix. The third fall
1.10 x. They divide his clothes
1.11 xi. Crucifixion
1.12 xii. Jesus dies
1.13 xiii. Jesus' body is taken off the cross
1.14 xiv. The burial
1.15 xv. Resurection
2. Jac Bisschops, Stations of the Cross, installation

Titles of the pieces are given in the booklet accompanying Bisschops' work. These are shown, rather than the titles from Wikipedia used in the first two sets.


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References

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Wikipedia (2023) Stations of the Cross [online]. wikipedia.org. Available from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stations_of_the_Cross [Accessed 15 April 2023].

Wikipedia (2023) Stations of the Resurrection [online]. wikipedia.org. Available from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stations_of_the_Resurrection [Accessed 22 October 2023].


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