The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection

Image TitleHonan Chapel: detail of a Station of the Cross
DescriptionThe Stations of the Cross in the Honan Chapel were designed by Ludwig Oppenheimer Ltd., Manchester (1915-1916). They are made of Opus sectile. This is a type of mosaic. In Antiquity it was used in pavings, walls and smaller surfaces, such as tables. The technique was very expensive and was only used in high status contexts, where polychrome mosaics and paintings weren´t adequate. The Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. The tradition exists in Roman Catholicism, Anglican, and Lutheranism. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent. The Stations themselves are usually a series of 14 pictures or sculptures depicting the following scenes: 1. Jesus is condemned to death ; 2.Jesus receives the cross; 3.The first fall; 4. Jesus meets His Mother; 5.Simon of Cyrene carries the cross; 6.Veronica wipes Jesus´ face with her veil; 7.The second fall; 8.Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem; 9.The third fall; 10.Jesus is stripped of His garments; 11.Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross; 12.Jesus dies on the cross; 13.Jesus´ body removed from the cross (Pieta); 14.Jesus is laid in the tomb.
ContributorLudwig Oppenheimer Ltd., Manchester
Contribution Year1916
PhotographerRory Long
CopyrightHonan Trust
Date of Photograph2003