Wounded angel

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Wounded angel | Chester Cathedral | Armistice Day Commemoration

Sitting alone in a side chapel of Chester Cathedral I noticed a small carved angel, its once praying hands missing, its sublime face damaged, its eyes seemingly blind. Inside the cathedral, on banners hanging against the pillars of the nave, were images of wounded WWI soldiers. It struck me that there was no more fitting angel to preside over the Armistice commemoration. The angel seemed to share the suffering of blinded, disfigured men. Whoever had vandalized the sculpture had unwittingly created a symbol of theopaschite love, a religious metaphor for a suffering world. Whether or not we can still believe in a God of love – or any god at all – after the horrors f the two world wars, I just don’t know.

With great caution, do an internet search for WWI injuries.

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