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Out of the question

01 August 2014

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As a boy in the 1950s, I dimly remember a print hanging in our church. It showed a eucharist at the elevation. The congregation contained many (First World War?) soldiers, and beyond the altar were many more soldiers filling the sky, presumably the Church Triumphant. The picture has gone from the memory of that church, but can anyone say where it may be viewed in text or gallery? . . .


I think the questioner is referring to The Place of Meeting by T. Noyes Lewis [1862-1946], painted in the 1920s. It was often hung in churches near war memorials, and was still available as a prayer card at Remembrance-tide until the 1950s at least. It depicts the priest's communion (not the elevation) at the requiem mass, with black vestments and six unbleached candles on the altar. Above, in a cloud of incense, are statues of St Joan and St George and figures in military uniform.

I have included this picture as the frontispiece to the third edition of my book The Church of England and the First World War (Lutterworth Press, 2014).

(Canon) Alan Wilkinson

Old Portsmouth


. . . Only the front row of soldiers (including a sailor and a chaplain) wear First World War uniforms: each rank behind them takes the viewer further into the past. Some Faith Press editions include the first two verses of "Let saints on earth in concert sing" by Charles Wesley.

(Canon) Peter Mullins



The Revd Rana Davies-James tells us of a print in the vestry of St George's, Brinsop, which she has kindly photographed (above); and the Revd Paul Lacey tells us of one found in a cupboard in St Paul's, West Wycombe, Bucks. Thanks to all our correspondents. Various images of the work can be found on the internet. Editor



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A. H.


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