Monday, September 7, 2015

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

For tomorrow's feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, the Troparion from the Byzantine liturgy:
Your Nativity, O Virgin,
Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
Has shone from You, O Theotokos!
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.

Donna Pierce-Clark, an Ohio artist whose motto is CELEBRATING GOD'S GLORY, ONE BRUSHSTROKE AT A TIME, beautifully portrays Mary as an innocent child, prophetically intuiting the death of the son whose coming is being announced, and at the same time hearing Gabriel’s reassuring, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” It fits well with the Byzantine hymn for tomorrow's celebration of Mary's birth.

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Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

From St Alban's Cathedral (St Albans, England), a detail from the Annunciation window: