Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Lenten Array press release . . .

the broderers team

Cathedral Broderers create new Altar Frontals and Vestments for Lent

Wednesday 13 February marks the beginning of Lent. As always at Durham Cathedral there was a special Sung Eucharist in the Evening with the Imposition of Ashes – that is the placing of an ash cross upon the forehead of congregation members is a reminder and celebration of human mortality.

This year the occasion saw the dedication of a new set of altar frontals and vestments created by the Cathedral’s Volunteer Broderers which will be used throughout the season of Lent. They have been designed by Tracy A Franklin, Head of the Cathedral Broderers and Durham based specialist embroiderer and designer. This is her first commission for the Cathedral and represents over four years work by the dedicated team of volunteers.

The Frontals and Vestments have been made using unbleached linen, the traditional material for Lenten Array. They depict the Crown of Thorns and the grasses of the wilderness, both of which represent Christ’s self-consecration and suffering but also the renewal and forgiveness.

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