Friday 10 April 2009

Good Friday

It's an image that could only have been taken on Good Friday. The altar is stripped, the Cathedral is in darkness. Today is the day of the Lord's Passion.

The whole Cathedral has been stripped of decoration, as much as is possible. Here we see the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, without candles or altar cloths. The tabernacle is empty and the doors are left open. All of the altars in the side chapels are the same.

These images were taken this morning, before the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer were sung. If the level of natural light permits, the electric lighting will remain off all day. In a church that usually has so much colour and decoration about it, the difference today is very striking.