“Each particular Church should encourage the use of the arts in evangelization, building on the treasures of the past but also drawing upon the wide variety of contemporary expressions so as to transmit the faith in a new ‘language of parables’. We must be bold enough to discover new signs and new symbols, new flesh to embody and communicate the word, and different forms of beauty which are valued in different cultural settings, including those unconventional modes of beauty which may mean little to the evangelizers, yet prove particularly attractive for others.”
“The Joy of the Gospel.” (‘Evangelli Gadium’, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis. 2013.)
In addition to the sculptures by Seán Crampton, Saint Edmund’s Parish has a strong tradition of using religious art, created by parishioners, to adorn the church building and enhance liturgy and worship.
The calligraphy displayed in various areas of the church is the work of a parishioner.
The restoration of the gilded door of the tabernacle is the work of a parishioner.
A group of parishioners have hand sewn and embroidered a series of altar frontals and lectern hangings based upon original designs by parishioners.
From 1999 each year up to 2012 and again in 2016 the paschal candle used in the church was hand painted from original designs by a parishioner.
“Very rightly the fine arts are considered to rank among the noblest activities of man’s genius, and this applies especially to religious art and to its highest achievement, which is sacred art. These arts, by their very nature, are oriented toward the infinite beauty of God which they attempt in some way to portray by the work of human hands; they achieve their purpose of redounding to God’s praise and glory in proportion as they are directed the more exclusively to the single aim of turning men’s minds devoutly toward God.”
“The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.” (‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’. 1963.)
The photograph at the top of this page shows past hand painted paschal candles, the ‘Contact and location’ page shows altar frontals designed and made by parishioners, and the photograph below shows calligraphy by a parishioner displayed in the church.