ELIZABETH WANG – MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
We are sorry to have to share the news that Elizabeth died on Saturday evening, 10th September. 2016 She died peacefully, in her own room at home, with all her immediate family around her bedside. Some of you will have heard that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only three months ago, so the end has come very quickly. It was only six weeks ago that she was on pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and diocese. In many ways the swiftness has been a mercy, and it’s a consolation for all of us that her suffering is now at an end.
We are especially grateful for these last few days. We have had so much time together as a family – talking, listening, praying – and with the four grandchildren constantly running around. Elizabeth was surrounded by so much love, and she gave us so much love, even in her weakness and vulnerability. She has been looked after by many kind people with such tenderness. She received the last sacraments from Stephen, and we were able to celebrate Mass together in her room just a few hours before she died. She was at peace and longing to meet the Lord.
She will be missed so much, but we are full of such gratitude to God for the gift of her life, and for her faith. She had such a love for Christ, for his Church, and for his Blessed Mother Mary, and this has touched us all.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this illness. Please pray for her and for all those who mourn her now, especially our father Kin. Please pray for the continuing work and mission of Radiant Light, which was so close to her heart. With our best wishes and our prayers for you and your intentions.
Fr Stephen Wang, Chris Wang, Mary Figg
The main FUNERAL SERVICE (a Requiem Mass) is on Thursday 22 September at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2BY, followed by the burial at Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JT, followed by a reception (venue to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.
You are also welcome to join us the evening before (Wednesday 21 September) at 7pm at the same church for the RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND VIGIL MASS.
The church is a short walk (8 mins) from Harpenden rail station. For parking: note that after 10.30am you can park on the single yellow lines further up Rothamsted Ave and along Avenue St Nicholas nearby; and there is a public car park on Amenbury Lane 5 mins away.
PRIESTS WISHING TO CONCELEBRATE AT EITHER MASS:
This is just a brief update about Radiant Light and the work of Elizabeth Wang, as we look back on the year 2015.
Elizabeth’s images have been used in many different church contexts over the last few months. Just to give some examples: Roots for Churches Magazines and Redemptorist Publications have used Radiant Light paintings in some of their recent publications, and The Pastoral Review has continued to have a slot for two or three illustrations each month. The biblical scholar Frances Hogan has been using Elizabeth’s work in her scripture programmes for EWTN. The Diocese of Salford is using a much loved image of God’s love to put on the front of their Year of Mercy prayer card. And the British Province of the Jesuits have used a whole set of prayer images to illustrate a booklet for Ignatian prayer guides. You can see the cover photograph from the recent “Advent Extra” which featured one of Elizabeth’s nativity paintings (see below)
We are delighted that the paintings and short commentaries are being used in these ways, as well as being viewed and downloaded from the website. Radiant Light books, posters and postcards continue to be available from St Pauls Bookshop and Website. Our most recent publication, “Peter’s Story about the Holy Mass”, is available from St Pauls - see the ordering page here.
Elizabeth has been painting and writing on a smaller scale over the last few months. She is happy and content, but less able to travel because of her age (she is now 73) and minor health difficulties; and this is part of the reason why it has not been possible to put on any major Radiant Light events over the last couple of years. Please pray for her and for the work of Radiant Light, that it will help lead others to a deeper love for Christ and His Church.
Coming Soon: a new Radiant Light publication
"Peter's Story about the Holy Mass", written and illustrated by Elizabeth Wang
An illustrated book for children about the adventure of faith.
A mother tells her child a story about a King who sent his son to bring his people back to him. This leads to a profound conversation between the mother and child about the deepest meaning of the Christian faith, and especially of the Holy Mass.
The author writes: “The very point of this book is to catechize young children, to enable them to enter into the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with real interest, and even awe, and wonder”
Publication date: summer 2014. More details to follow soon.
New Radiant Light Website: Over 5,000 Images by Catholic Artist Elizabeth Wang
This is a copy of the Press Release that has recently been issued to various Catholic newspapers and websites
The new Radiant Light website has been launched for the new liturgical year. It includes over 5,000 images by Catholic artist Elizabeth Wang. They are arranged in galleries which deal with themes such as the Holy Trinity, the sacraments, the Mass, the Rosary, prayer, holiness, mission, and the love of Christ. Taken together, they form a visual catechism for a visual age. The website can be found at www.radiantlight.org.uk
All the images are available as free downloads, for use in schools, parishes, catechesis and personal meditation. They are fully searchable by topic (e.g. ‘Mary’, ‘suffering’, ‘heaven’), and there is a list of over 600 keywords covering every aspect of the Catholic faith. Each picture has a brief commentary by the artist to explain the image itself and the theology behind it.
The new website will be especially useful for those seeking visual resources for the Year of Faith, and for the new liturgical year ahead. It should inspire and encourage those searching for a deeper personal faith. It includes much loved images like ‘Christ is the Bridge to Heaven’ and ‘Hanging over the Abyss’, together with thousands of images that have never been seen before.
Mgr Keith Barltrop writes that Elizabeth Wang’s art “continues the great tradition of the Church from earliest days in using contemporary art to instruct us about God's truth and attract us to his beauty, leading us on to heartfelt adoration and to awareness of his being with us and all people from moment to moment”.
Her work was praised in Bible Alive: “Her art is rich in colour, powerful in image and moving in the message it conveys. Elizabeth’s work is rather like a picture catechism presenting the basic truths of faith”. And the Fr Aidan Nichols writes: “I have been very impressed by the way Elizabeth Wang seeks to expand people’s sense of the mystery of the Eucharist in all its dimensions”
Elizabeth Wang was born in 1942 and received into the Catholic Church in 1968. She is an artist, homemaker and mother who now spends time writing, painting and speaking about prayer and the Catholic Faith. She has been involved in the life of her home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden, particularly as a catechist.
She has exhibited at the Royal Academy, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. She has had solo exhibitions of religious work at Westminster Cathedral, the Bar Convent Museum (York), Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, and at various schools and parishes throughout the country. Her artwork has been used recently by presenter Frances Hogan on EWTN television, and installed in the Catholic chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Many of her paintings are published side-by-side with her religious writings.
Radiant Light is a movement within the Catholic Church. It seeks to encourage people to grow in holiness by believing and living the Catholic faith in its fullness. Jesus Christ Himself is ‘the radiant light of God's glory’ (Heb 1:3).
INFORMATION: You can visit the new site at: www.radiantlight.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
PHOTOS FROM THE RECENT LONDON EXHIBITION
RADIANT LIGHT NEWSLETTER – June 2012
It has been a while since our last newsletter. A lot of quiet things have been happening with Radiant Light and with Elizabeth Wang’s work, but we have been putting off this newsletter until we could announce properly the new London exhibition, and the completion of the new Radiant Light website. So these are the two most important bits of news below.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the work of Radiant Light, and for your kind donations. The long-term work on the website, and the new exhibition, have required a significant amount of funding. We are enormously grateful for your generosity. On June 10th this year, the feast of Corpus Christi, Holy Mass was offered for the intentions of all our benefactors. Once again – thank you!
LONDON EXHIBITION THIS SUMMER: We are delighted to announce that we are returning to the French Church, Leicester Square, for a London exhibition of pictures by Elizabeth Wang. The parish team at the French Church have been particularly keen to host the exhibition this year, as part of their ‘Olympic outreach’. They are aware of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be in central London for the Olympics and Paralympics, and Elizabeth’s pictures form one part of their evangelisation mission to welcome people into the church and inspire them in their journey of faith. The exhibition details are here in the box below. If you are happy to promote the exhibition, please copy these details and ask your local parish to place this information in the parish newsletter:
An exhibition of both new and well-known pictures by Catholic artist Elizabeth Wang takes place in central London this summer. Entitled “In the Light of His Glory”, the exhibition takes place at the French Church, 5 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX (just off Leicester Square, near the main Häagen-Dazs Cafe), from 18th June to 16th September 2012. The church is open every day from 9am to 9pm. Everyone is welcome, and entrance is free. The pictures illustrate Christian themes in striking contemporary imagery, and touch on subjects such as prayer, holiness, suffering, the love of Christ, the Eucharist, and the Glory of God. They should inspire and encourage those searching for a deeper faith. Visit www.radiantlight.org.uk for further details.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A POSTER FOR THE EXHIBITION. Please print this poster in colour, and see if your local parish chuch is happy to display it on their noticeboard.
SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER – A RADIANT LIGHT AFTERNOON: On Saturday 8th Sept, beginning at 2pm, there is an afternoon event in the French Church. This includes a time of prayer and reflection, a guided meditation on each of the images, the celebration of Holy Mass, and some social time afterwards. All are welcome; no tickets are required. This is a wonderful opportunity for people who have been interested in Radiant Light to come together in prayer, and it should be a helpful and inspiring time for anyone seeking to deepen their faith. Do put the date in your diary, and do invite friends to come along with you. We hope to see you there! (NB: Allow extra time to travel because of the Paralympics!)
ONGOING WORK BY ELIZABETH WANG: Elizabeth has continued her painting and writing – you can see many of her recent works on the new website. Many of the teachings and images focus on certain themes, which include: the significance of both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Mass; the importance of good catechesis in schools and parishes; the place of morality in Christian life and in society; and a selection of pro-life images. She has been enormously encouraged by the prayers and thoughts of many people for her work in Radiant Light, and she prays for all those who have been connected with the work in any way.
RECENT RADIANT LIGHT PROJECTS: Over the last couple of years Elizabeth has given talks to groups in Leicester and Oxford, and to children in a Hemel Hempstead school. Her images were displayed as part of a mission in the Catholic Chaplaincy of Oxford University. Large-scale exhibition images have also been used in the Spirit in the City evangelisation project in central London, and at the Youth 2000 summer retreat in Walsingham. Frances Hogan has been using Elizabeth’s pictures to illustrate her scripture programmes on the EWTN television network. Two permanent projects have also taken shape: In her home parish of Harpenden, the new glass inner-doors contain an etched design from one of her paintings about prayer; and in the Catholic chapel in Wormwood Scrubs prison, two of her pictures from a previous exhibition at the French Church now hang behind the high altar, to give encouragement and inspiration to the prisoners there.
Please pray for everyone involved in the work of Radiant Light. Please pray that this work will help people to know the love of Christ, and will encourage them to appreciate and to treasure the Catholic Faith. We hope to see you on September 8th at the French Church!