Blackburn’s new ‘Stations of the North’

“Blackburn’s new ‘Stations of the North’: Blackburn Cathedral has acquired 15 life-size oil-paintings of Jesus by the Berkshire artist Penny Warden. They form a series of Stations of the Cross entitled The Journey.

The Church Times March 2004.

The Dean of Blackburn, the Very Revd Christopher Armstrong, said that they would “assist the Cathedral in its missionary mandate to tell the story of Christ’s last few hours to a puzzled and agnostic generation.”

Visitors are being given a printed guide to help them to make connections between the last journey of Christ and the journey through the life of the individual.

Penny Warden hopes that the series will do great things for Blackburn, and bring new people to the Cathedral. ‘ We’ve got The Angel of the North, and I’d like to think of these modern Stations of the Cross as ‘The Stations of the North’. They also place religious art where it should be, and where it always was – in religious places,’ she says.”

The paintings will be on view to the public in the Cathedral from March 20th 2005.