Church
of the
Good Shepherd
The Stations of the Cross

Good Shepherd Church
Woodthorpe
In the year 2000 AD, Canon Richard Davey of Southwell Minster organised an exhibition of Stations of the Cross by modern artists in Suffolk.
The various sculptures and paintings were exhibited in a number of churches in the district.
Having been presented with a substantial gift for the purpose of obtaining new stations, our parish priest, Fr. Mclaughlin went to see the exhibits and was immediately struck by the work of Nicholas Mynheer and soon afterwards commissioned him to produce a set for the Good Shepherd church.

Nicholas Mynheer was born in 1958. He attended Hornsey College of Art and initially worked in advertising before turning to full-time painting in 1986.

He has had a number of church commissions, including a set of Stations of the Cross for St. Matthew's church, Perry Beeches, Birmingham, a triptych for Beckley church, Oxfordshire, and a sculpture of the Trinity for Blythburgh church in Suffolk.


A comment by Canon Richard Davey
Stations of the Cross are simple signs intended to point beyond themselves to the greater mystery of Christ's Passion.

Mynheer's carved stone reliefs have a simplicity of form and expression that does not strive to recreate the natural appearance of things, but rather to provoke an emotional and devotional response to their subject.

The narrative has been pared down to its barest essentials.

No lines or figures are included which might weaken the overall effect. As a result these images have an uncompromising directness and force.

The Stations of the Cross
I   JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

II   JESUS RECEIVES HIS CROSS
JESUS RECEIVES HIS CROSS

III   JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME

IV   JESUS IS MET BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER
JESUS IS MET BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER

V   THE CROSS IS LAID ON SIMON OF CYRENE
THE CROSS IS LAID ON SIMON OF CYRENE

VI   VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

VII   JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME
JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME

VIII   THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM MOURN FOR OUR LORD
THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM MOURN FOR OUR LORD

IX   JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

X   JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS
JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

XI   JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

XII   JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

XIII   JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN PROM THE CROSS
JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN PROM THE CROSS

XIV   JESUS IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHRE
JESUS IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHRE

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