Monday, January 21, 2008

Wow.



Sometimes a picture can be breathtakingly theological. This one is for me, at least, showing Fr. Patrick Reardon of All Saints Orthodox Church lifting a newly-baptized infant above the altar, as is the custom, while the congregation sings Simeon's Nunc Dimittis. The icon, of course, shows Christus Victor trampling down the gates of hell and grasping the hand of Adam, raising him up from the dead. Notice the baby's raised arm! Helpless Adam, helpless Man, helpless infant: but now our "eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel." Alleluia.

HT to Deb via MereComments

2 comments:

Doorman-Priest said...

Religious art is a funny thing isn't it? At its best it has the power to inspire awe. At its worst it is just tacky. I agree with you on this one.

Emily H. said...

Wow, indeed!!!

It may be a trick of the eye but at first it seemed as though Fr. Reardon and infant were actually in the icon.