Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament. 24 hours a day at least one of the sisters will be kneeling here. With the divine office, it is the prime form of prayer of the congregation, described by the Foundress as Prayer from the Heart.

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Tyburn, London, England, Great Britain in 1988.
About the Work
From the series of 56 photographs"In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" ."Two primary raw materials of photography, time and light, also happen to be two concepts central to the monastic life. Anne Noble's series captures the reality inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of Tyburn Convent, near the centre of London, and also illuminates the photo-artist's own practice. Nobles exposures reflect the nuns' preoccupation with transcending the materiality and temporality of existence. In a catalogue essay, to the 1989 Sarjeant Gallery touring exhibition, Mother M. Xavier McMonagle describes her monastic vocation as a "spiritual dance between time and eternity". Photography is, in its own way, also a dance or transaction between time and timelessness. Its objective, like the liturgical life, can be "to sanctify time and all human activity".
Gregory O'Brien, 1989
This record represents a work in a series and has related works.
Measurements
Base H145 x W140
Image H163 x W152
Frame 482 x 585 x 20mm
Media
Silver toned gelatin photograph
Description
Black and white image of head and shoulders of a nun with her eyes closed in prayer, background is mainly white.
Credit Line
On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, by E. Clark, for the R.J. Clark Memorial Art Collection, 1991.
Collection Type
Loans
Acquisition Date
1991

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Accession Number:
L1991/23/6

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