Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrating the Mystery of Faith (again and again)

Celebrating the Mystery of Faith 2

Celebrating the Mystery of Faith 3

Celebrating the Mystery of Faith 4
Walking the path of faith and celebrating the mystery with other Christians are topics I addressed in these pieces. The labyrinth symbolizes the winding ways our lives go around that eventually lead to where we need to be. The small cross within a circle is Christ's redeeming and everlasting love for his people. The Celtic knot is a symbol of the mystery of the Trinity - three in one, one in three. Woven together, withoout beginning or ending. The variety of liturgical music in the background of  2 are snippets from printed liturgies from my church. Number 3 has "One Bread, One Body" by John Michael Talbot. The second piece of music is from a Pentecost liturgy and the ending is "Alleluia, alleluia, you Lord lead us all the way!" I admit, I am almost hopeless in this regard. I intend to keep track of which music I use and then a flurry of activity takes over and things get buried under other materials. I did better on Number 4. That has "Holy, holy, holy", "One Bread, One Body", a segment of one of my favorite hymns that goes "Praise the Lord, never let your voice be still." A couple of random Alleluias I found in the midst of things, "Of the Father's Love Begotten", the end of a song that goes "be not afraid, where you go there I am with you", and below that, a line of rests. Just because. We should.

COMMUNION revisited

COMMUNION 3

COMMUNION 4
I revisited the idea of God with us- the Trinity in communion, inspired by Richard Rohr's meditations, paralleling the visit of the three travelers to Abraham with an invitation to join in the feast. I used a circular photocopy of the Rublev icon of the Trinity, a labyrinth to symbolize the paths that bring us to the table, and a stamp with a small cross inside a circle, the work of redemption that brings us together at the holy meal. "One Bread, one body, one Lord of all..." This music is used in both pieces. It was written by John Michael Talbot. I noticed that Communion 4 has other music as well. Oh dear, I'm not a musician so I can't identify it. I know it came from a liturgy at Church of the Servant, so I'm sure it's liturgical. I'll ask a musical friend! My friend Sara comes through for me once again! The other piece is a favorite of mine "Gather Us In" by Marty Haugen (though the link is to a kind of hokie version).

Monday, February 20, 2017

COMMUNION

COMMUNION 1

COMMUNION 2
I have been remiss about blogging. These are paintings begun in 2016 and finished in January. The lower piece includes a photocopy of the Rublev Trinity. Richard Rohr wrote this insightful piece about God inviting his children to the table.