20 June 2018, The Tablet

Sacrament of unity: The Eucharistic Congress since 1908

Eucharistic congress in Liverpool

Sacrament of unity: The Eucharistic Congress since 1908

A detail from Andrew White's In Memoriam


The hauntingly beautiful painting In Memoriam by the Lincolnshire artist Andrew White currently hangs in Farm Street Church in London. It is an unusual contemporary representation of the Last Supper, the Thursday evening gathering in the Upper Room before the Crucifixion on the first Good Friday.

Many visitors stop at the painting and spend time contemplating it. I often wonder what it is they see. For me, it is an extraordinary, inspired work of art. Each of the apostles gathered around the table is vividly recognisable as someone I have met. Visitors often say they too see familiar faces there. I’ve heard people say “That’s me around the table” or “That’s my friend there with Jesus”.

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