Illuminating the Church Year with Sacred Art

by M. Louise Holert 
(retired minister of Seattle Presbytery)

Beginning with Advent, to the celebration of Christ the King, Praying with the Arts celebrates the Church Year in Scripture and sacred art.  Thirty-one full color masterpieces of art illustrate the major events in the life of Jesus Christ.

Suggestions for meditation on each painting and relevant Scripture texts invite a prayerful engagement and response, encouraging fresh encounters with God, while aiding the reader “to descend with the mind into the heart.”

The book is a compilation of retreat material developed by Louise for “Praying with the Arts” retreats over the past fourteen years and can be used as a prayer companion by individuals or groups.  Offering Scripture and art together, “art for faith’s sake,” the purpose is an integration of mind and heart for a holistic receptivity to God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In the words of T. S. Eliot, ”We must be still and still moving into another intensity for a further union, a deeper communion.”

Published in October, the book is available directly from Louise for $25 or from Amazon.

You may contact Louise through this website - info at Emmanuel Anglican