Bishop blesses our icons

The Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, visited St Luke’s in January to bless two new icons which will hang in the church.

‘Trinity – After Rublev’ by Meg Wroe, is a new interpretation of one of the most famous of all Christian icons, by the C15th Russian painter Andrei Rublev. Daisy Holland’s icon, originally conceived for our Easter Stations last year, reflects the refugee crisis by depicting Jesus walking through the deep waters of the Mediterranean carrying a small child.


‘Trinity – After Rublev’, features three members of St Luke’s – Kathleen Wenaden, Beatrice Addo and Julius Ajeigbe – and was first shown as part of the All Saints Day Service at St Paul’s Cathedral last November. The piece was inspired by an observation by Elizabeth Henry, National Adviser for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns in the Church of England, who said that when people from black or minority ethnic communities enter church buildings they often won’t see themselves represented in the iconography or visual art.
‘Art should be better than this,’ Bishop Adrian told the congregation at St Luke’s, ‘Countering the unconscious bias in our attitudes and approaches – especially with reference to diversity and difference.’

(Many thanks to Stefano Cagnoni for the photographs)