Tag: Painting

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

St. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and is traditionally considered the author of the gospel that bears his name. Pope Benedict XVI explained: “His name in Hebrew means "gift of God". The first canonical Gospel, which goes under his name, presents him to us in the list of the Twelve, labelled very precisely: … Continue reading St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron was the older brother of Moses and Israel’s first high priest. He served as Moses’ spokesperson and played a key role in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. God himself told Moses to appoint Aaron as the first high priest. This special role involved acting as mediator between the people and God. Once a … Continue reading Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

The Sanctus (Isaiah 6:1-8)

The Sanctus (Isaiah 6:1-8)

The Sanctus (‘Holy, Holy, Holy’) acclamation has its origins in the book of Isaiah (6:1-8) and the book of Revelation (4:1-11). It begins with the words from Isaiah: “‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Added to this are the words with which the crowds praised Christ when … Continue reading The Sanctus (Isaiah 6:1-8)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

This painting by the Benedictine nun and artist Sister Petra Clare is based on the famous Russian icon by Andrei Rublev, known as the Trinity or the Hospitality of Abraham. The story of Abraham's warm welcome of three strangers contains a number of messages - the foretelling of a miraculous birth, as well as the importance of … Continue reading The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

After rising from the dead, Christ continued to appear to his followers for forty days. Once this time was up, he then returned to heaven. According to the book of Acts, the twelve apostles were witnesses of this event, which is known as the 'Ascension' of Christ. Pope St John Paul II neatly summarised the … Continue reading The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

This bold oil painting of the crucifixion is by the modern artist Graham Sutherland. The work was commissioned in 1963 for the newly-opened church of St Aidan in East Acton. Sutherland had already created a series of artworks based on the crucifixion, but this was his first for a Catholic church. In this bright red canvas, he referenced the … Continue reading Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)