2nd Sun Lent C
Sunday 17th March 2019

Image supplied by Kathy Curran

Visual Meditation

Looking at art works or movies is a great way to open ourselves to the meaning of the Gospels. Seeing can bypass our preconceived notions, giving us new vistas of enlightenment. With painting or sculpture one needs to sit quietly and absorb the dynamics of the piece. The drama of movies more easily engages us and offers a way to conversation about the Gospel with other members of your family.

This Sunday's Visual Meditation


  • This Gospel episode is regarded highly in the Orthodox Church. This icon by Theophanes the Greek (click red text) is one its of the most prized presentations. Theopanes (1340-c.1410), from Muscovite Russia, was a Byzantine Greek. He was noted as the teacher of the great Andrei Rublev.
  • This is a well known painting by Fra Angelico (click red text).
  • In this Armenian Transfiguration (click red text) the disciples are shown falling asleep.
  • John Armstrong (click red text)gives a surrealist in interpretation of the Transfiguration. These notes on the site give an understanding of his work.
    “During the 1940s, Armstrong developed a new technique. He covered the surface with one single colour and then built up the painting brick by brick, as it were, using short strokes of colour with a square-headed Courbet brush, which allowed the ground to show in between as part of the finished surface. The base colour he first experimented with was black, which expressed the sombre mood of the war. However, the mood in Transfiguration is one of positive energy and hope for the future.”
  • Macha Chmakoff (click red text) is a French artist whose ethereal work evokes a sense of the divine. Her website (click red text) is well worth an extended visit.
  • Cornelius Monsma, originally from the Netherlands, has lived in New Zealand for decades. This painting (click red text) the glory on Jesus enveloping those near him.
  • Terrance McKillip’s Transfiguration (click red text) is the third image down.