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St Albans Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black Jesus

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 30 Jun 2020 19:06
St Albans Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusSt Albans Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusLorna May Wadsworth

A painting of the Last Supper depicting Jesus as a Black man will replace a Nativity scene at St Albans Cathedral.

The 9ft piece of art, titled A Last Supper, will take pride of place on the alter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It was painted by fine art artist Lorna May Wadsworth, who reworked Da Vinci’s famous 15th century mural, in which he cast a Jamaican-born model as Jesus.

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Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusCathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusLorna May Wadsworth

The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, made the announcement after the Archbishop of Canterbury asked the Church of England to reconsider portraying Christ as white.

Justin Welby urged the church to take a more fluid approach by also accommodating global depictions of Jesus, showing him as Black, Chinese and Middle Eastern.

So, in favour of this approach, St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire opted place a high-resolution print of Wadsworth’s painting, which spins the ‘western myth’ that Jesus looked European on its head.

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Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusCathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black JesusLorna May Wadsworth

In a statement, Reverend John said:

The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise.

But our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice.

Black Lives Matter, so this is why we have turned our Altar of the Persecuted into a space for reflection and prayer with Lorna’s altarpiece at the heart.

The painting will replace another piece of artwork depicting the Virgin Marry and Child flanked by shepherds and kings from the Nativity.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Life, A Last Supper, Black Jesus, Black Lives Matter, Justin Welby, Lorna May Wadsworth, St Albans Cathedral

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  1. MailOnline

    St Albans Cathedral will replace traditional Nativity scene featuring Virgin Mary with a painting of the Last Supper featuring a black Jesus in solidarity with Black Lives Matter