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Our talking chairs - #1

posted 5 Nov 2015, 12:51 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks   [ updated 16 Nov 2015, 14:35 ]

Church Craft Group


Session Communion Chairs.

            A few years ago one of the members of the church drew designs for various symbolism in the Christian church.   These drawings were forwarded to an expert in tapestry, who in turn modified the sketches to make them suitable for better tapestry work.

Members of the craft Class produced the final tapestries on eleven chairs.

1 The Iona cross      
St. Columba, an Irish Prince, chose to establish his mission on Iona in 563 AD. The religious community which he founded on the island quickly became a place of pilgrimage and Christian learning that was renowned throughout Europe.

The Abbey, whose earliest parts date back to the 11th century, produced some of the most beautiful and intricately carved "Celtic" crosses in Scotland - Islay's Kildalton Cross, ornately carved in the 7th century from a single slab of rock, was probably by a sculptor from Iona .

Today only 3 early free standing High Crosses remain on Iona out of over 1,000 that existed here in the middle ages. 
Such crosses often displayed remarkable artistic skill. The surviving crosses are St. John's Cross, St. Martin's Cross and St. Matthew's Cross, all of which are found west of the Abbey.
All of these crosses were constructed from large pieces of granite slotted together with mortis-and-tenon joints. The sides of the crosses are elaborately decorated with vines, ornamental circles, flowers and scenes from the gospels. 
Clearly in an age where books were expensive and rare, high stone crosses served to communicate the gospel to a largely illiterate population.

(Rev W Izett)