The singing of the Divine Office, (let nothing come before the Work of God - Rule of St Benedict), is the primary work of the Tyburn community. Seven times a day the community processes into the sanctuary for the hours of Nocturnes, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Verspers and Compline. The entire Psalter is chanted each week in English, to music composed by the sisters. The purpose of this liturgy, to sanctify time and all human activity will be achieved in our community...(M foundress 1901)

Anne Noble, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Tyburn, London, England, Great Britain in 1988.
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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.
Support H147 x W210mm
Image H126 x W190mm
Frame 482 x 585 x 20mm
Silver toned gelatin photograph
The left half of this black and white image of an interior of a church is obscured with dark cloth. At the right of the image are nuns standing holding their hymnals and singing.
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On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
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