The Benedicite

  The Benedicite

Photo © Martin Crampin

View of the sgraffito panels in the eastern half of the nave, with Christ in Majesty above.

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Series of sgraffito panels around the walls of the church with texts from the Benedicite. Beginning with a panel in the chancel, the scenes extend around the whole of the main body of the church. The three Hebrews, to whom the prayer is ascribed (Ananias, Azarias and Misael), are depicted on the west wall.

technique: sgraffito

artist: Heywood Sumner

Church of St Mary, Llanfair Cilgedin, Monmouthshire

The panels were commissioned in memory of Rosamond Emily Lindsay (died 1885) by her widower, Revd William J.C. Lindsay. The dedication is situated adjacent to the pulpit where Revd Lindsay preached as rector of the parish. The artist's initials and date is situated nearby in a roundel.


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The BenediciteThe BenediciteDedication to Rosamund Emily Lindsay: The BenediciteArtist's Monogram: The BenediciteO ye Children of Men Bless ye the LordO ye Servants of the Lord Bless ye the LordO ye Beasts and Cattle Bless ye the LordO all ye Fowls of the Air Bless ye the LordWalrus and Dolphins: O ye Whales & all that move in the Waters Bless ye the LordAnanias and AzariasMisael and One Like a Son of the GodsAll ye green things upon the earth Bless ye the LordO ye Mountains & Hills Bless ye the LordO ye Winter & Summer Bless the LordO ye Winds of God Bless ye the LordO ye Heavens Bless ye the LordO ye Angels of the Lord Bless ye the Lord

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Further reading

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 284.

John Morgan-Guy, 'Fiery angels and country parsons' Icon News, vol. 20 (2009), 19-21.

  The Benedicite

Photo © Martin Crampin

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