Washington National Cathedral

EdithBlastTNThe Great War: Faith and Compassion on the Front Lines

Washington National Cathedral invites you to the opening reception for the world premiere of Brian Whelan's The Passion of Edith Cavell, a commission by Norwich Cathedral, featuring Artist's Talk and Presentation of WWI Poetry by Cathedral Dean, Gary Hall.

Thursday, July 24 2014, at 7 pm  Washington National Cathedral

An International Red Cross nurse, Edith Cavell (1865–1915) is known as a humanitarian who gave her life to the cause of her fellow human beings and who treated British, German, Belgian, and French soldiers alike during World War I.

She is also known as a Christian martyr of the modern world who strove to model her own life and work after the example of Jesus Christ. Cavell's life offers a fresh perspective on the so-often-neglected impact of war on women's lives.

The piece that tells this narrative is making its world premiere at Washington National Cathedral before a brief tour of Europe and final installation in Great Britain.

“wise, witty and affectionate paintings which range from religious iconography to images of his home city of London.”
Ian Collins, writer

“…a visionary painter…”
Meryl Doney, Curator for Wallspace All Hallows on the Wall

“He goes to dark, grim places, places that in the modern world we like to pretend don’t exist and when he gets there he cracks jokes. This work is the work of the medieval jester.”
Joe Horgan, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award winner

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