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
. . . 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
It has been customary for Orthodox bishops to be invited
to participate in the consecration of Church of England bishops.
Will this be appropriate when female bishops come to be
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