Crucifixion, Deposition and Ascension

Gloucester Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. I took these photos at the Altar in the Lady Chapel, in 2012 and they represent the Crucifixion, Deposition and Ascension of Christ by the artist Iain McKillop in 2004 who grew up in Gloucester. The niches filled by these paintings had been bare for 450 years since the Reformation. It was a chapel of great peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists, and I sat in silence for quite some time, enjoying the solitude and silence.

A Lady chapel, also called Mary chapel or Marian chapel, is a traditional English term for a chapel inside a cathedral, basilica, or large church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most large medieval churches had such a chapel, as Roman Catholic and some Anglican ones still do, and middle-sized churches often had a side-altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditionally, a Lady chapel is the largest chapel of the cathedral. The Lady Chapel in most churches is used for prayers for healing with hands laid on, every first Sunday of the month.

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