William Holman Hunt, “The Light of the World,” 1851

William Holman Hunt, “The Light of the World,” 1851

The Light of the World is deeply symbolic, showing Christ arriving at a door at night. It’s an allegory for Christ seeking entry at the door of the human heart.

Hear him say, ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’

Dear Jesus,

you are welcome in our lives,

but sometimes it is hard to open the door.

Please give us strength to be open and welcoming,

to see beyond the darkness,

and to let the light into our own lives.


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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

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