Art for Lent 2015 at Church of the Redeemer reflects the penitential nature of the season. Inspiration for the frontal and side aisle art comes from Seasons for Praise: Art for the Sanctuary by Eleanore Feuchr Sudbrock.
Seasons for Praise allows use of its contents to inspire artwork in a parish: “Purhaser of this publication may reproduce designs for completion of the projects.”
This artwork for Lent will be complemented with appropriate music. Even bulletin covers and the parish Facebook cover photo have been planned to lead us to Easter triumph and joy.
If you are interested in creating art for upcoming seasons, contact Bill McGlinn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Lent?
What is Lent? What is the artwork trying to encourage?
The glossary on the website of the Episcopal Church defines Lent this way:
Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days) has a long history….Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays….[A]ll Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (BCP, p. 265).
In short, Lenten fasting prepares us for Easter feasting.
Every type of art you experience at Redeemer during Lent helps each of us understand “…From sin’s power do thou set free soul’s newborn, O Lord, in thee” (“At the Lamb’s high feast we sing,” Latin hymn translated by Robert Campell, Hymnal 1982)
Altar frontal for Lent
What is a frontal?
Covering for the front of an altar, often made of silk or brocade cloth and matching the liturgical color of the season of the church year….They may be hung, suspended, or attached to the altar. An additional covering, known as a frontlet or superfrontal, may hang down from the top front edge of the altar….
The inspiration for the frontal during Lent this year is from this figure.
Seasons for Praise calls this design “Thorns Overhead.”
A church in St. Louis had a Lenten tradition of suspending a giant thorny branch over the altar, hung with sturdy fishing line. The image became a powerful reminder of Jesus’ suffering for us. (page 35)
Side aisle art for Lent
Seasons of Praise has a verticle panel of crosses that inspired the side aisle art. This inspiration will become an horizontal panel hung were we do the offertory procession.
Another way of carrying the message of Lent
Various cover photos have been planned for the Church of the Redeemer page on Facebook during Lent. All are based on the same basic design elements:
- Liturgical color
- Ash Wednesday: gray. This color is for the ashes.
- Lent (most Sundays): purple. This color is the traditional Roman color for Lent. (The vestments at Redeemer reflect the Sarum tradition of using unbleached linen with red and black called “Lenten Array”.)
- Lent (fourth Sunday): dusty rose. This color is the traditional Roman color for the midpoint of Lent. It represents a lightening of (not removal of) of our Lenten practices for a day as a respite.
- Holy Week: blood red
- A cross similar to the cross we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday
- Text from a hymn
- All but Holy Week: the first stanza of “A Hymn to God the Father” by John Donne. This is set at #140 and #141 in the Hymnal 1982. Read a quick explanation of “A Hymn to God the Father.”
- Holy Week: the fourth stanza in the Hymnal 1982 of “Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle” by Verantius Honorius Fortunatus. This is the “Holy Week” set of words, set at #165 and #166.
There will be additional ways the message of Lent will be carried in publications and music at Redeemer this year. Come to experience these to see how they work for you.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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