“Esther” (1878) by the London painter, Edwin Longsden Long (d. 1891), shows Esther as she is being prepared to leave the harem and become the wife of the king of Babylon, Ahasuerus. Esther looks plaintively at the viewer, making direct eye contact, drawing us into her story, which is  incredibly personal and dramatic,...

Triptych, Side Altar, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by the Russian painter Gouri Ivanov-Rinov (d. 1966). Ivanov-Rinov’s depiction of Mark 9, and Jesus’ command to “let the little children” come to him, emphasizes not only the vulnerability and smallness of children amongst their larger peers in society, but also...

“The Rebuking or Calling of Saint Peter” by an anonymous painter in the Flemish School (c. 1600) shows the famous scene from Mark 8 & Matthew 16 in which Peter makes his profound confession of Christ’s deity, and then just as quickly rebukes Jesus, who has just foretold his imminent suffering. Jesus then draws a contrast...

Jean Germain Drouais (b. 1763, d. 1788), “Le Christ et la Cananéenne” (1784), winner of the Prix de Rome competition in 1784. Drouais was a student of the celebrated French neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, who painted his famous “Oath of the Horatii” in the same year as Drouais’ painting of the Canaanite...

“The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo, from the Sistine Chapel. While our readings don’t refer explicitly to the creation story, both the letter of James and our reading from Mark imply the goodness of all things that God makes, and that existence itself is to be understood as a gift. Nothing that God has made is not...

The icon featured on today’s bulletin is called “the Theophany,” which means “appearance of God,” even though the action that the icon depicts is the baptism of Christ. It reminds us that God shows up in our baptisms — from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to the Father graciously welcoming us as adopted members of...

God verschijnt aan Salomo (God visits Solomon) by an anonymous engraver. In this engraving, God promises to grant the newly crowned Solomon whatever he asks, visiting him in a dream. Solomon, virtuously, asks only for the power of understanding and discernment. Download the service bulletin for the Twelfth Sunday...

Gustave Doré was a 19th century French engraver and painter know for, in addition to his illustrations of the Bible, popular illustrations of The Divine Comedy, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Paradise Lost. The first image shows David’s troops celebrating their defeat of the rebellious prince Absalom, while the...

Miracle of the Bread and Fish by Giovanni Lanfranco Lanfranco was an Italian painter of the Baroque period known for his eclectic and dramatic style, which he used in primarily religious paintings and frescoes. In this painting, Christ multiplies the basket of bread as the people gather around him im search of...

Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Childhood, Youth, Middle Age, Old Age (1842), on display in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Cole’s Voyage of Life, charts the journey of someone from infancy through youth and adulthood to death, depicting the idealized forms of these stages of life while also warning of...