The art of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard's most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias ("Know the Ways"), Liber Vitae Meritorum ("Book of the Rewards … Continue reading The art of Hildegard of Bingen

Christian art: the sun and the moon

The synoptic gospels tell us that, at the moment Christ died, darkness swept over the land for three hours (Mark 15:33, Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:44-45). In manuscripts and painted works of art that depicted this event, color was frequently exploited to illustrate darkness and to create a dramatic setting. The celestial bodies of the sun … Continue reading Christian art: the sun and the moon

The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

The following slideshow features paintings by various Christian artists from various cultures inspired by the story of Jesus being presented at the Temple soon after his birth. The gospel of Luke describes it this way: When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem … Continue reading The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles

The Rothschild Canticles is one of the most unusual illuminated manuscripts to have survived from the Middle Ages. The text was made around 1300 to serve as an aid to mystical devotions in which images played as central a role as the written word. Visionary depictions of the Trinity, the Song of Songs, the Virgin … Continue reading The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles

Christian Meditation – James Finley

Meditation is not always easy, but getting started is quite simple. In his book Christian Meditation, James Finley lays out some basic guidelines: "The guidelines for meditation practice that I suggest are, with respect to the body, to sit still, to sit straight, to close your eyes or lower them toward the ground, to breathe slowly and … Continue reading Christian Meditation – James Finley

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Christian Druid Resources

Since this Christian Druid path I’m on sparked some interest for some I thought I’d compile a list of resources I have found useful on my journey so far. It’s strictly a personal take on it and far from comprehensive but hopefully it will give you a taste of it. As you’ll see it involves … Continue reading Christian Druid Resources