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The Stations of the Cross and a guide and explanation to ceramics in the Church - see next page

1. In the first station Christ is condemned. Thefigure of Christ is most real, Pilate a simple puppet, the sinister soldiers have great helmets that1st station cast shadows where their faces should be. The people can only shout and gesticulate like a sound in nature. Their arms wave like natural forms - grasses or branches.

2. Jesus receives the Cross. There is great pressure on the figure of Christ. One is a2nd stationware of the great weight of the Cross. The whole design bears down on Christ. With great kindness the people almost crush him.

33rd station. Jesus falls the first time. We feel his loneliness. There are no other figures but Christ in all three of the falls.

4. Jesus is met by his4th station Mother. She is almost a phantom: at this moment less real than thewooden Cross which has become his most intimate companion.

5. The Cross is laid upon Simon of C5th stationyrene - an attempt, almost to belittle the drama - but it extends the drama and helps to turn the drama of Christ into the drama of every man.

6. Veronica wipes 6th stationJesus' face and throughlove and pity his image is spread even further amongst people.

7th station7. Jesus falls the second time. More violent than the first fall, and he is even more isolated and alone.

8. The women of Jerusalem 8th station mourn for Jesus; but he insists that they mourn for themselves. The drama excludes no-one.


9th station9. Jesus falls the third time. He falls far, and isalmost crossed out by the Cross. He is utterly alone.

10. Jesus is stripped10th station of his garments. Cruelty. The faceless soldiers, like feelingless beetles, prepare the tender flesh of man for the great sacrifice.

11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. The 11th stationsoldiers continue their robot- like task. The soldiers have a timeless presence. They could be Roman soldiers or they could be contemporary Marines.

12th station12. Death on the Cross. Christ and the Crossbeing absorbed into the very irregular shape of the relief.

13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross13th station. A scene of great pity. The soldiers recede into the background and the figures of love and tenderness fill the centre of the drama.

14. Jesus is laid in the grave. Whilst the 14th stationfigures of love bury their Christ the last of the soldiers is seen moving off into the distance.

15. .The large Resurrection panel on the Altar is a beautiful but rather frightening piece .In spite of the cruelty of the Crucifixion and the terror of the grave - the weeping and the wailing - the Resurrection is a fact. The design is in many parts. It has the look of a breaking ice pack. It creaks and cracks as Christ sheds his grave-clothes. Or it cracks like the shell of an egg as it releases the life within.

15th station



On the third day....

On the third day he rose again to a new and everlasting life. And now he calls all men to find faith in him by listening to his word. Those who have faith in Christ are baptised in his name. Filled with his everlasting life, they become members of a single community, his body, the church.
Ceramic Stations of the Cross by Norman and Anna Adams.

What the artists convey by their work in the church is best told in their own words. Their commitment, conveyed in these ceramics, is all the more poignant because it was done at a time when they were both faced with personal grief.

We asked Mr and Mrs Adams to put into words what their work conveys to the eye and the spirit, and we believe their explanations heighten our understanding of their art.

Of the Stations Mr Adams says: "I have tried to make this version of the Stations of the Cross simple and intimate - passionate and unintimidating. Small in scale, and placed at eye level on the wall, I hope the viewer will find him or herself taken into the drama and able to identify themselves with the main characters."

"The Stations of the Cross had a very personal significance for me. My father was very ill all the time I was working on them, and he died near the time I completed them. For me it became his passion, and I look upon the work as a requiem for him."

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