Terry Duffy’s confrontational painting of a Crucifix will hang above the altar at St Martin-in-the-Fields during Passion and Holy Week. This 4.2 meter high cross is on a global journey highlighting the lives of victims of violence whose suffering cries out for redress. Each day different speakers will speak of their own experiences of violence. From the war in Afghanistan, or Gaza, to the anguish of mental illness, to the pain of the loss of a son through homicide in this country, this programme confronts us with the reality of the cross today. What does Christ’s cross mean for us? Can there ever be resurrection for the victims of violence?
Each night while the cross is at St Martin’s (9-22 April), a different speaker will reflect upon their own personal story of being a victim or witness of violence.
18th of April at 6pm
Swee Ang was born in Penang and grew up and became a Christian in Singapore. She is now Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Barts and the Royal London Hospital. Shocked by the suffering of the war victims in Lebanon in 1982, Swee volunteered her service to them. She witnessed and survived the Sabra and Shatilla massacre that year. From that point began 28 years of involvement with the Palestinians in Lebanon and Gaza. She is a founding member and patron of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Dr Swee talks from first hand experience about the impact of war and violence on civilians. 7pm: Holy Communion in the Dick Sheppard Chapel.
More information about the 'Victim, no ressurection?' series can be found here.