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Liturgical Art Takes Flight

by Pastor Karen Brau

We continue to find ways to share liturgical art in the sanctuary, and we are so happy to receive the gift of birds come to life in the art of our friend, Emily C-D. The bird cutouts behind the choir are supplemented by the altar parmaments, and we are grateful to Barbara Parker who teamed up with Emily for this beautiful altar art.

Why birds? Here is some wisdom from Hildegard of Bingen:

Birds symbolize the power that helps people to speak reflectively and leads them to think out many things in advance before they take action. Just as birds are lifted up into the air by their feathers and can remain wherever they wish, the soul in the body is elevated by thought and spreads its wings everywhere.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, in her Liber de Subtilitatum

Emily C-D writes about her artwork:

The liturgical art that I created for Luther Place is a series of papercuts that show a bird in flight, moment to moment as her wings rise and fall. She is interwoven with the wind, is part of the heavens, and as such is a representation of a spiritual messenger. I am indebted to Eadweard Muybridge, 19th century English photographer, whose pioneering work documenting animal locomotion formed the basis for my designs.

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