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Illumination--Paschal, Baptismal, Altar
This design was inspired by illuminated manuscripts in missals and hymnals.
The top image, a capital "C" in the shape of a branch, represents the wood of the Cross with leaves as on the Tree of Life. Hanging from the branch is a bee hive with hovering bees. A fantastical garden wrapping the text refers the viewer to the idea of the new heaven and a new earth promised in Rev: 21. The text, from the prologue of John's Gospel describing Christ as the light of the world is set to tone as in a hymnal. A bustle of bees visit the bountiful garden flowers. The gold Cross surrounded by fanciful flowers points to the Tree of Life and the heavenly kingdom to come.
Supper of the Lamb Paschal
Supper of the Lamb
This design was inspired by an icon by Fr. Anthony LaFemina. It is also the central panel Gina painted for a proposed sanctuary mural.Christ is sacrifice and sacred banquet. The first tree in the garden brought death to Adam and Eve who refused to obey God’s command. Their disobedience brought death to future generations.
The tree of the Cross brings the life of Christ who in obedience to the Father was sacrificed to become the salvation and food for the world.
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit hoping to be like God even though they were already made in His image. Christ, who is God but “did not deem equality with God something to grasped at” goes forth bearing the fruit of grace in the Sacraments by which the body of believers remain on the Vine. In this image, fruit like symbols of the seven Sacraments hang from the Tree of Life on which Christ hangs.
This design was inspired by Pope Benedict’s proclamation of Year of Faith. Catholics worldwide are focusing on the reason for their Faith, our belief in the Resurrection which proclaims that Jesus is God and man.The top icon is an image of Christ holding the palm branch of victory over death and the open Book of the Gospels with the words, EGO SUM RESURECTIO—I am the Resurrection.The Lamb of God on the wood cross is first a reference to the Old Testament Passover Lamb which was slain then eaten and whose blood marked the doorways of believers so the angel of death would pass over them. Gold leaf on the icon and the cross reflect the light back to the viewer.
The base is deep red for the blood shed on the Cross. The words are taken from St. John the Baptist and from the angel at the tomb in Matthew’s Gospel. “Behold the Lamb of God. He is Risen as He said He would.” This is the climax of salvation history and the reason for our Faith.
The inspiration for this design is from St. Thomas Aquinas--everything comes from God and is to return to God.
The top image is the Trinity by Rublev. It portrays the Old Testament visit of three men portrayed as "angels" to Abraham and Sara at the Oak of Mamre. The three are presented at a banquet table. The main symbol for this candle is the call for the believer to sit in the open space at the front of the table and share in the life and love of the Trinity. This relationship was the original intention for mankind, corporately and individually. Freedom to love is also freedom to turn away, as Adam did. Turning away from God ruptured the dynamic flow of life and love from and to God. As Adam turned so we did also, thus rupturing the flow of life and love. The cross bridges the gap. the alpha and omega above and below proclaim the divinity of Jesus; He is the beginning and the end. In the green (new life) base are symbols of the Initiation sacraments.
Christ the High Priest Paschal
Christ the High Priest
This design is based on a theme for the Year of the Consecrated Life. Christ the high priest at the top, holds up the chalice and the Gospel asking, "Can you drink from the cup?". In the band below from Hebrews reads, "We have a High Priest, Jesus, Son of God." The cross in the center repeats the crosses on Christ’s stole. Seven angels form a wide band along the bottom. Each covers their face before the cross and each stands on a globe with a symbol of a sacrament.It is a high Christology to low Christology image. Christ the calls his priests to participate in his priestly mission of ministering his sacraments to the faithful who by their baptisms are called into the priesthood of the laity. In his Easter Vigil homily for 2014 Pope Francis asked for the faithful "rediscover our baptism as a living fountainhead". So this image focuses on both the call of the priest to the consecrated life as well as the call to all the baptized to be faithful to the sacramental life to the end.
Family Baptismal Candles
Great Idea! This family of six ordered personalized baptismal candles for Easter. Throughout the year they will celebrate their baptismal dates at their little oratory.