Sunday, February 25, 2007

A fine little Catholic church made out of an army hut
By Italian PoWs in Orkney during World War II. From Ship of Fools.
It's just an ordinary WWII Nissen Hut outside, but transformed, as you see from the photograph, inside. A sort of acted parable of God's grace at work in the hearts of those faithful PoWs.

The inside is just painted plaster - those aren't blocks of stone or bricks, nor are the "windows" beside the altar recessed. It's all done by clever paintwork. The Highland Park distillery has a pure malt selected by the family of one of the artists named Capella in recognition of the place.

  GOD, who dost purify thy Church with the annual observance of Lent, grant unto thy household that what it strives to obtain from thee by abstinence it may secure with good works. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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