“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 to others.”
The Joy of the Gospel.” (‘Evangelli Gadium’, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis. 2013.)
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. In addition to the scupltures by Sean Crampton:
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 from 2016 the paschal candle used in the church has been hand painted from original designs by a parishioner.