Chapters of Gold

Chapters of Gold – The Life of Mary in Mosaics

(2003) Continuum

Photography by Gered Mankowitz

‘Rachel Billington comments upon the psychological and social aspects of the events of Mary’s life, often drawing parallels with the experience of modern women - for instance the Flight into Egypt is likened to the plight of asylum seekers.’ Amazon

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Chapters of Gold is a little book of commentary that I was asked to write in order to help raise funds for Westminster Cathedral. The mosaics are high up around the Lady Chapel, very beautiful and very difficult to see. The photographer, Gered Mankowitz, stood on scaffolding and I went up with him. They are really lovely, simple and human and moving. In my commentary I found myself emphasising the importance of Mary in the development of the Christian story. A little bit of feminism coming out.

‘Rachel Billington comments upon the psychological and social aspects of the events of Mary’s life, often drawing parallels with the experience of modern women - for instance the Flight into Egypt is likened to the plight of asylum seekers.’ Amazon