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Iconography: Art to praise

Iconography: Art to praise

Art elevates the spirit, but Iconography can elevate to a contemplative level that deepens the faith and lifts the heart. This icon of the Most Holy Trinity does just that. This icon brings to mind the prayer of the Angelic Trisagion: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One. To you be praise, glory, and thanksgiving forever, blessed Trinity. 

God the Father is represented with a stern expression which admonishes and challenges in equal measure. The Father appears to be motionless,  firmly grasping the Crucifix of God the Son and one can almost hear Him challenging the viewer to gaze upon the cross and the crucified Christ. The gaze is not angry as much as it is a gaze of absolute Truth. 

The Holy Spirit is represented by the white dove which is in movement, but whether it is landing or taking flight is unclear. In either case, the Holy Spirit - The Paraclete, is ready to impart its graces on the viewer. Whether that is to be the Comforter, or the the Spirit taking off to  leave this scene and enter the world is up to the viewer to decide. The Holy Spirit is represented with serenity and not as it is sometimes presented in an almost two-dimensional format with wings outstretched.  Here the God the Spirit is moving and the faithful viewer is engaged. 

God the Son: Jesus Christ crucified with blood gushing from His hands, feet, and side. Christ is motionless as he is dying, but there is movement: the wind is blowing as the world enters the moment in the salvation story of Jesus' death. The viewer's eyes rest on the crucified Christ - as  the blood of Jesus is flowing onto the rock of Golgotha - the "skull". God's love, here as the Incarnate Verb, is held for all to see in all its glory. Jesus is represented in a fragile human body, but the blood is gushing - with force. 

The three persons of the Triune God: God is strength and power, and majesty . God is grace and divinity. God is Love.  

Statue of St. John of Matha at the Charles Bridge in Prague

Statue of St. John of Matha at the Charles Bridge in Prague

Stamps of the Order of Malta commemorating the 8th Centenary of the Trinitarian Order

Stamps of the Order of Malta commemorating the 8th Centenary of the Trinitarian Order