“The healing prayer stations on either side of the communion rail during the Eucharist caught my attention when I first attended Christ Church Cathedral five years ago. People depart from the printed liturgy in these moments to express their heartfelt concerns to the priests. Just stepping forward is an act of faith, asking the Holy Spirit to prevail as they face circumstances beyond their control.
“I had an opportunity to photograph similar encounters during 2008 in remote regions of Ghana and Uganda. Many local villagers had hiked all day in hopes of receiving prayer the following afternoon. The shrill worship music blaring from loudspeakers mirrored the intense devotion of these faithful Christians. The ministers were strident, invoking Jesus to overcome the powers of darkness.
“Despite the cultural chasm between the people in these photos and those at the cathedral healing prayer stations, their common intent was obvious.”
About the Artist
Barry Carlin began working as a freelance photographer in 2004. His first photo essay tracked disaster recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Overseas assignments have taken him to Ghana, Honduras, Turkey, Uganda, and most recently to northern Iraq.
Barry coordinated an art exhibit at Christ Church Cathedral in December of 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. He also contributed his own photo collection of selected costumes.
Barry currently participates with a team headed by fellow cathedral member Mike Phillips that installs art exhibits in the south foyer of the cathedral, known as Gallery South.
Barry has been attending Christ Church Cathedral since 2011.