Liturgical Art

The original meaning of the word liturgy is the “work of the people”. Many spiritual practices have a form of liturgy they use in worship services. Liturgy is like an algorithm for a spiritual gathering of people. The idea of liturgy being the people’s work connotes participation and involvement. It is an experience of seeing and of hearing, it is a relationship of connecting with something bigger than oneself.

An example of liturgical art is the series I created “An Artist Looks at Prayer”.

I am interested in seeing ideas and words we hold in our memory in new ways.  With this expanded way of seeing, we grow…and that is the point.

I invite people to see The Lord’s Prayer – which is an integral part of many Christian liturgies – through images created from an Aramaic version of the prayer.

An Aramaic Lords Prayer

O Creator, the One who gave birth to the universe, you are the sacred source of our being.

 

Our Father who art in heaven

 

Focus your light within us, make it useful, as the rays of a beacon show the way.

 

Hallowed be thy name

 

Make us useful for your purposes here on earth, so that your desire and our lives become one.

 

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven

 

Grant what we need each day in bread and insight, subsistence for the call of growing life.

 

Give us this day our daily bread

 

Loosen the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others guilt.

 

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

 

Do not let surface things delude us, snare us, and lead us away from you and your purpose.

 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

 

But free us from what holds us back, give us power to live as you intended and created us to live.

 

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever

 

From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act, the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

 
Ameyn

“An Artist Looks at Prayer” is able to be viewed at New Journey Lutheran Church’s sanctuary. 

Contact them if you are interested in seeing the series.

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New Journey Lutheran Church, 16748 E. Parkview Avenue, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268.