Tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent and as I had such a positive response for the Advent Art Devotions I offered back in November, I thought I might do the same for this season as well. The life of Christ is an enormously common theme in art history and there are so many rich and beautiful images that offer more ways to contemplate the life of Jesus and His example of love. I love discovering how artists have interpreted common themes and portrayed Him, especially during the three years of His ministry before His death.
You can find Messiah: Lenten Art Devotions along with the six accompanying carefully-curated, high-quality prints in the shop. The PDF download includes the art selection for each week of Lent (and printable versions as well if you’d rather print yours at home) as well as Bible readings, a hymn, and poem to go along with each painting. Also, per the feedback I received from the Advent prints, I have added a resource section for the hymns that includes links to sheet music and audio files. The prints are offered on durable, 120 lb. cardstock with a silk cover that is beautiful framed or simply propped up on a table.
As with the Advent Devotions guide, this does differ from the picture study aids in that I have not also included information about the paintings themselves. My vision for adding art into our liturgical traditions was not to include more academic opportunities, but rather more possibilities for contemplation and meditation. I hope you will find them helpful in adding opportunities for contemplation during your holiday season!