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An Interview: Artist Jonathan Byrne and The Face of Christ

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Jonathan Byrne is a professional mid-career artist who lives in the coastal town of Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland. After many years of making images and exhibiting at home and abroad, he returned to a subject that has always enthralled him, the Face of Christ. The images, of which there are over 30 in different colours, are being assembled into an exhibition that will go on tour in Europe in 2018. I interviewed him via email over the past week.

Melanie: How would you describe yourself? JB: I would describe myself as a servant to a thought that a life should be spent in crafting a decorative, and, hopefully, a more beautiful world around you. This can be done with prayer devotions or parenthood or building nice roads or colourful gardens but in my case, the images are the thing. I believe that there is an appetite amongst a new generation for a relationship with Christ and I hope that my images, being both modern and traditional, can be part of the language of those new relationships. con…

Artists Portray The Sacred Heart

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The devotion to the Sacred Heart ( Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is a well-known Roman Catholic devotion, centring on Jesus Christ’s heart as a symbol of His Divine love. I love You more than everything, more than myself.
Tell me what You would have me do;
for I am ready to do everything with Your help. Bind me, unite me to Your heart
and permit me not, during the years that remain to me,
to offend You or grieve You anymore.
O my Jesus, it is the time that I should love You now. continue

Pentecost Revealed Through Art

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When the Holy Spirit inspires artists to create art with, through and in Him, their creations touch our inner selves. They are not only beautiful but also imbued with a mystical essence which gives them spiritual power.

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Artists Reveal Mary The Mother of God

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The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary which celebrates her motherhood as the mother of Jesus Christ, Lord, Son of God. It is celebrated on 1 January, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide. continue

The Story of Christmas, Illustrated by Modern Artists

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The best Merry Christmas I can give you is to repeat the simple, unvarnished story of the first Christmas paired with wonderful, modern, Catholic art.

Luke 2: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. continue reading