Just outside Angel Station, a series of temporary hoardings on the RBS building has inspired us to bring a fresh perspective on the traditional commemoration of the Stations of the Cross.
Each day of the final nine days of Passiontide we will be posting one image as a reflection on the impending death of Jesus Christ at the first Good Friday. We'll be taking the days in countdown, from 9 to 1. It's a juxtaposition of the bright and cheery excitement of a commercial endeavour in the middle of one of London's destination streets, with the most holy moments of the Christian calendar. It reminds us that Jerusalem was packed with festival-goers at the time of Jesus's arrest, trial and crucifixion. People went about their lives as usual. No one expected the events of that week to have consequence beyond that time and place.
A countdown to this particular death is neither gloomy nor morbid. Because in the death of Christ a victory is won for love. As his death draws closer, so does the fulfilment of the life he promises for all of us who trust ourselves to him.