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Tapestry surrounding the Tabernacle

The tapestry was commissioned as part of the refurbishment of the church for the celebration of the millennium. Its function is to draw the eyes downwards towards the altar and tabernacle. The tapestry is a vivid expression of inner sacred space and place of mystery. The strong horizontal lines at the lower part of the tapestry remind us of the living water. Notice the little fish in the water. In Christian art and literature the FISH is a symbol of Christ. The third century Christian scholar, Tertullian, says Christians are like little fish and as little fish we must follow the example of the FISH, Christ. Water is also a symbol of cleansing and purifying, the washing away of sin and rising to new life. The upper part of the tapestry gives us a feeling of celebration, with the upward movement and rich colours reminding us of the mystery of the reserved Sacrament in the Tabernacle. The focal point of the tapestry is the great burst of colour at the centre. This great burst of light reminds us of God speaking to Moses from the burning bush and saying: 'I am who am'. It reminds us too of Christ who said: 'I am the light of the world' (John 8:12). The light is symbolic of Christ in the Eucharist.

The tapestry was designed and woven entirely by Erica Ryan. Each piece of wool was specially dyed for the design. Erica also works with stained glass. Notice the colours of the tapestry are influenced by the stained glass window. The idea for the motif of the tapestry came from Tertullian: “Like little fish we should forever swim in the ocean of sanctifying grace”.


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