The Tablet – Behold the Man of Sorrows

The Tablet – Behold the Man of Sorrows.

My mother is an accomplished artist. The two youngest of my five children are graphic designers. My own art skills have never developed beyond a young child’s attempt at daisies, twiggy trees and suns. I have a great admiration for an artist’s ability to lead you into pondering, to seek deeper meaning beyond the ordinary. Good art is, indeed, a spiritual experience.

A small hamlet in Wales has provided a unique spiritual experience this Lent. St. Michael’s church in Discoed has a congregation of only fifteen members. David Hiam paired up with Charles MacCarthy, a local artist, to commission fourteen different artists to depict the stations of the cross; one station each. The result is stunning. The diversity of art forms is matched by the diversity of the artist’s themselves.

Although most of them have an interest in religion – four belong to a group called Art & the Spirit – doctrinally speaking, they’re a mixed bag. They include an atheist, a Buddhist and, somewhere in between, “a questioning Christian of the Anglican tradition, slightly itinerant”. In a parish that once prided itself on having no resident “Papist or reputed Papist”, they also include a Catholic, and have chosen to illustrate Pope John Paul II’s Scriptural Way of the Cross.

Art critic, Laura Gascoigne provides a thoughtful review of the individual stations. The Tablet also provides a link to photos of the stations themselves. It makes for a powerful holy week meditation.

3 thoughts on “The Tablet – Behold the Man of Sorrows

  1. Thank you for your blog post. Laura Gascoigne wrote a wonderful article for which we are very grateful. The Stations of the Cross has been a fascinating and wonderful experience for our community, and runs until 15th April. More information at

  2. Greetings from Canada to The Friends of St. Michael’s! I was born in Birkenhead, England and spent the first eight years of my life in Chester. I have fond memories of holiday trips to Wales; a beautiful country!

    It was my pleasure to direct others to your wonderful project. Thank you for posting your link. I was unable to access your web-site from The Tablet. This worked beautifully.

    A Happy and Blessed Easter to you!

  3. And a very happy Easter to you. Tonight we have the finale concert – Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, looking forward to it.

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