Learning about the Bible through art

Organised by the parish’s Biblical Apostolate Team, the theme of the five-session series is The Women in the Gospels.

Singapore
Mar 25 2014, 1:06 PM
Learning about the Bible through art
The participants of the workshop.

The first in the series of Bible over Coffee sessions held at the Church of Christ the King on March 7 saw French priest Father Emmanuel Danjoux explaining parts of the Bible through artto about 60 participants.

“It’s really what we call a masterpiece, to juggle light and darkness in this painting that depicts the burial of Jesus,” Father Danjoux said highlighting the subtle aspects of Italian artist El Caravaggio’s painting, The Burial.

The Paris Foreign Missions priest also showed other paintings by French artists Maurice Denis and Hugues Merle, Italian artists Alvise Vivarini and Fra Angelico, and German artist Lucas Cranach during the two-hour session.

Father Danjoux explained that he chose to use paintings because “when you go through the Bible” there are “a lot of words”. Religious art, however, provides “visual support” and can be helpful to understanding the Bible, he said.

Organised by the parish’s Biblical Apostolate Team, the theme of the five-session series is The Women in the Gospels. It is to be held on the first and third Fridays of March, April and May.

The first of five sessions saw Father Danjoux focusing on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, as well as on the original sin of Adam and Eve. He also spoke about the role of women in the Bible, such as how Mary of Magdala and Mary, mother of James, Joset and Salome, were present during Jesus’ crucifixion.

During the half-hour break that followed, participants were divided into small groups and, over coffee, shared on questions given to them such as the role of women in the Church. Being “nurturing”, “supportive” and “motivating” were some of the roles that they highlighted.

A participant, Church of St Vincent de Paul parishioner Catherine Chua, 52, said she found the session “beautiful”, and that it was the first time she was attending an event “that tells about the Bible through art”.

Mr Frederic Vayssieres, 42, from the Church of Christ the King said Father Danjoux “managed to translate the spirituality” behind the masterpieces to the group.

The next session, on March 21, will focus on the Samaritan Woman.

Source: Catholic News

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