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Papal chalice goes on display during festival

St David’s church in Mold puts chalice on display presented to the people of Wales by Pope Benedict XVI

By on Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Carole Philpot and Brian Cullen get the publicity banner ready for sacred symbols (Photo: Brian Cullen)

Carole Philpot and Brian Cullen get the publicity banner ready for sacred symbols (Photo: Brian Cullen)

As the town of Mold in Flintshire, north Wales, enjoys its popular food festival, St David’s church will be exhibiting a treasury of Art and Craft in the third year of the Sacred Symbols exhibition.

The wonderful vestments collected over many years by Canon James Webb will be on show, alongside examples of the master craft of embroidery and needlework. There will also be the work of sculptors, woodcrafts, artists, marionettes, linked with fantastic creations by the pupils of local schools.

Many people from the area have expressed interest in attending, including Aled Jones, host of the popular programme Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.

Throughout the two days the exhibition is open to the public visitors will be entertained with musical contributions, storytelling and the EU-funded presentation of a 10th-century pilgrimage to Rome. The presentation will be performed with marionettes and the sculptors, artists and crafts people will be on hand to explain the significance of their work.

Also on display will be the gold chalice presented to the people of Wales by Pope Benedict XVI.

Throughout history, symbols have been used to convey a message. More often than not they came from nature, and food and drink were at the heart of the symbolism. God is at the heart of nature, so flowers and crops are God’s harvest.

The 21st-century Mold Food Festival celebrates modern foods and their production. In Sacred Symbols there will be ample opportunity to reflect on past centuries of celebration of food and drink.