Last week’s picture was a detail from the vestments of St. Cuthbert in the Harry Clarke window.
Last week’s picture was a detail from the processional cross – there are images of animals and plants on the staff. The cross is the work of Fenwick Lawson and was made in memory of Matthew Purvis.
Last week’s picture was from the Stations of the Cross. The skull is at the foot of the cross in the 12th station, the Crucifixion.
Last week’s picture was the hands of St. John, standing at the foot of the cross, high over the main altar.
Last week’s picture was from the painting of the annunciation on the Lady Altar. On a stand next to the Virgin Mary is a scroll. The writing is the ‘Rorate Coeli’, a traditional chant for Advent.
Last week’s picture was from the font. There are 8 panels around the font, 4 of them showing the evangelists and the other 4 showing angels holding symbols of the crucifixion.
Last week’s picture was from the armorials on the balustrades of the tribunes on either side of the high altar. They are the arms of a selection of old Catholic families, mostly from County Durham, Northumberland and the North Riding of Yorkshire, some closely connected with the city and its Catholic missions. The picture was the one on the far right, the Witham family of Barnard Castle.
Last week’s picture was the bell in the narthex at the back of church, which is rung at the start of Mass. It’s dated 1888, but we only acquired it in the 1990s and we don’t know its history.
Last week’s picture was a detail of the Harry Clarke stained glass window. In the robes of St Bede (bottom left) is written ‘Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost’.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the series of pictures of what to look out for around the church.
The whole series is available here.
The pictures below are images of the Lamb of God. The one on the left is on the front of the altar, and that on the right is painted high on the wall to the right of the altar.
You may also have noticed that there is a third, similar image in the church. It’s on the altar in the Lady Chapel, and it’s pictured above.
The image of the pelican on the left is painted high on the wall to the left of the altar. The one on the right is the door of the tabernacle.
The image of the pelican represents Christ, because of the tradition that the pelican uses her own blood to feed her young.
This is one of the angels on the sanctuary lamp, which hangs from the ceiling to indicate the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.
This cross is carved into the stonework of the doorway as you come into church. There is a cross each side of the door and they are consecration crosses.
There are traditionally 12 consecration crosses, blessed when a church is consecrated.
As well as the 2 on the doorway there are painted crosses around the interior of the church, which was consecrated in 1910.
This picture is a detail of the presidential chair on the altar.
IHS are the first 3 letters of Jesus’ name in Greek.
Where is this?
We will publish the answer next week!
This picture is a detail of the Stations of the Cross. The image is of the 8th station – Jesus meeting the women of Jerusalem.
This plaque is in the church porch.
James Alexander Lowery was born on 1 August 1919 and baptised at St. Cuthbert’s RC Church on 28 August 1919. His parents, Alexander Lowery and Ellen Broughton, had been married at the church on 12 October 1918, and lived at Glendalough, Whinney Hill, in Durham City.
He was killed on Friday 21 July 1939, when the Vickers Wellington Mark I medium bomber (L4290) in which he was the wireless operator, dived into the ground from low cloud at Milborne Port, near Yeovil in Somerset. All three of the crew on board were killed, the other two (Flying Officer Wilson, aged 25, and Pilot Officer Barton, age 26) were Canadians. The aircraft was from 148 Squadron, based at RAF Stradishall in Suffolk, and usually carried a crew of five, but there is no explanation as to why only three were on board at the time of the crash. The aircraft was flying from Suffolk to Plymouth on a training exercise.
James had been an altar boy, and then the sub-organist at St. Cuthbert’s (hence the electrification of the organ in his memory), and had also been a Rover Scout. He had been a pupil at Darlington St. Mary’s Grammar School, and on leaving school had become a grocer’s assistant, working at Durham and Murton, before joining the RAF. He had almost two years’ service when he was killed, and had been promoted to AC1 (Aircraftman, 1st class).
Following a Requiem Mass at St. Cuthbert’s in the morning, James was buried at Redhills RC cemetery on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 July 1939 (plot no.142 N4). The coffin was carried to the cemetery on a gun carriage, escorted by a contingent of men from RAF Usworth (then an RAF fighter base, now the site of the Washington Nissan factory). A salute was fired over the grave and the Last Post was sounded by a DLI bugler. During the committal, an RAF plan flew overhead and dipped its wings in salute. The other two crew members were buried at Stradishall parish church.
There is an account of the funeral in The Durham Advertiser, 28 July 1939, p.11(d).
Thank you to David Butler for researching Alex Lowery’s story.
This image of God is at the top of the painting of the annunciation, on the altar in the Lady Chapel.