Sixth Station

Sixth Station: A woman wipes the face of Jesus

White crocheted cloth with black letters on it that spell out K N O T
Sixth Station: Know Not, Deborah Sproule. See artist’s statement below. 

A Reading from the Gospel according to Matthew

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward. (Matthew 10:40-42)

Silent Reflection

A Celtic Benediction

Glorious Lord, I give you greeting!
Let the church and chancel praise you,
Let the plain and the hillside praise you,
Let the dark and the daylight praise you.
Let life everlasting praise you,
Let the birds and honeybees praise you,
Let the shorn stems and the shoots praise you.

Let the male and the female praise you,
Let the seven days and the stars praise you,
Let the air and the ether praise you,
Let the books and the letters praise you,
Let the fish in the swift streams praise you,
Let the thought and the action praise you,
Let the sand-grains and the earth-clods praise you,
Let all the good that’s performed praise you.
And I shall praise you, Lord of glory:
Glorious Lord, I give you greeting.

Holy God,  Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.

Artist’s Statement, Deborah Sproule

Let me explain that I am not a scholar of Holy Texts. I imagine big ideas. I use art materials in an effort to touch those ideas. I am an artist using materials in symbolic and poetic ways. I see connections of ideas that stir my soul. I  believe in the mystery of God come to Earth as Jesus, who died and became our Christ. I believe  Jesus  forgives us and asks us to forgive each other.  I believe God knows we mess up a lot. Still we are loved by God and Jesus.
I researched examples of Stations of the Cross. I saw static illustrations of Jesus on the road to his death. I saw non-objective passionate art objects. I saw Cloth as a sacred symbol. I saw Cloth as an indulgence.    I saw Cloth as an intention to comfort the tortured Jesus.
I saw thick substantial words: “Forgive them for they Know Not what they do”. Jesus was NOT the kind of Messiah that so many had hoped for. Jesus was killed by a KNOT of control. Knotted cloth is strong and protective. Knotted cloth can suffocate and kill.

 

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