An Image of the Trinity

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Image result for rublev's trinity imagesThis icon of the Holy Trinity was painted by the monk Andrei Rublev.  It depicts the three visitors to Abraham, each angel symbolizing one of the persons of the trinity.  When you look closely, you will notice that each figure wears different garments, but has the same face.  Many comment on the feeling of invitation and inclusion experienced as you spend time gazing at this beautiful image.  I have a number of icons, and this is definitely my favorite.  It gives me a sense of peace and light.

Here’s a quote about this icon from Henri Nouwen’s book, Behold the Beauty of the Lord.

“During a hard period of my life in which verbal prayer had become nearly impossible and during which mental and emotional fatigue had made me the easy victim of feelings of despair and fear, a loving and quiet presence to this icon became the beginning of my healing.  As I sat for long hours in front of Rublev’s Trinity, I noticed how gradually my gaze became a prayer.  This silent prayer made my inner restlessness melt away and lifted me up into the circle of love, a circle that could nt be broken by the powers of the world.  Even as I moved away from the icon and became involved in the many tasks of everyday life, I felt as if I did not have to leave the holy place I had found and could dwell there whatever I did or wherever I went.”

Is there a Christian painting or work of art that has affected you deeply?  If so, please comment and tell us about it.

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  1. This is lovely. I take students to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. While they are off doing their assignment in the Greek and Roman section, I sit in the ancient and Medieval Christian art section and just ponder. Usually art isn’t the thing that draws me close to the Lord as much as music is, but this icon is captivating.

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  2. I’d like to hear from other readers and authors. Is Christian art important to your prayer/faith life? What about art in your own church? Many churches have a mural in the altar area. In the congregation of my childhood, it was Jesus as the good shepherd; I think that became an important image of Christ for me, as it was embedded in my memories of worship.

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