Outside Sheffield City Centre train station very early in the morning
8.40 p.m. St. Pancras Station, London, departing for home.
Yesterday, I went with a group from Sheffield Anglican Cathedral on a visit to several of the churches in London where we have personal links and a similar vision for our community to learn about their past and present history and ministry of service.
It was a full day walking, travelling by taxi and underground, but we had the benefit of the hospitality of members of the clergy who gave us an insight into the life of the spiritual community in each place. We were given the opportunity to view areas of these buildings, including courtyards and chapels, not often open to the public and at the end of the evening in Westminster Abbey we participated in a prayer walk around the Abbey.
Of course, moving quickly as a group in the rain, mainly around the Westminster area on a dull and mainly rainy day, it was not possible to take many outside photos. Similarly, interior shots were not permitted, restricted or the lighting was poor. Here are some of the photos I was able to take.
|A corner of Trafalgar Square. On the left is the National Portrait Gallery.|
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is across the way.
|In 1998 St. John's Abbey, Minnesota, a Benedictine religious community,|
commissioned the master scribe, Donald Jackson,
to make an illuminated manuscript Bible.
|'Victims of Injustice and Violence' sculpture by Chaim Stephenson|
remembers all victims of injustice and violence in South Africa
during the years of apartheid. Dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1994.
|The East Window above the altar designed by Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary|
|Above the sanctuary the golden sunburst holds the Hebrew name for God.|
The coat of arms of King George I who was the first churchwarden
of this Royal Parish Church is just visible
|St. Martin-in-the Fields is the Royal Parish Church of Buckingham Palace.|
To the left of the altar is a room with an upstairs gallery that can be used by Royalty.
|The beautifully-carved 18th century pulpit.|
|Handel played the opening recital here in 1726. This organ dates from 1990.|
|We had lunch in the cafe in the Crypt.|
More about our visit to the Chapels in St. James' Palace and Westminster Abbey another time.