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.

“It is rare to find a contemporary artist so confident in his portrayal of traditional religious themes.”
Rev. Canon John McLuckie, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

"This is Divine Comedy in its Truest Sense"
John Kohan

''Clear, strong, prayerful work, with joy at its centre.''
Art critic Sister Wendy Beckett

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