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Epiphany B
Sunday 3rd January 2021


Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest
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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

ART WORKS

There are many extraordinary art works depicting the story of the Magi. Below is just a small selection.

  • This picture from the St Albans Psalter (click red text) is the first of four paintings of the Magi – all of which can be accessed through this site. Compare the faces of the Magi on the journey out and back. As they return, they all look older wiser - even the horses look more thoughtful. After the warning in the dream they must have wondered just what this child would be facing.
  • These frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Magi chapel of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence are a wonderful celebration of Renaissance life. In what looks like a series of royal processions the three kings, each on a different wall, come with an array of people and animals, even camels, raptors and a tiger!. On the south wall is King Melchior (click red text) and his retinue.
  • King Caspar (click red text) is on the west wall and what a genial fellow is old King Caspar (click red text). Note the. Extraordinary number of people – over a hundred - in the painting of KingBalthazar and his retinue (click red text) on the east wall. Notice how many prelates there are. On the left side of the fresco, there is a soldier carrying a monstrance. Note also the scene of the deer being hunted. The deer was a symbol of Christ in this period. The deer being hunted would bring to mind the attempt by Herod to hunt down the Christ child.

MOVIES

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