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Mary & the Saints : An exhibit of religious art

  • Written by Clifford T. Sorita
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“RELIGIOUS art is a reminder of the limits of language. Many people insist on particular wording of beliefs and on the literal truth of words in sacred writings, even though all words are metaphors, pointing to a reality beyond themselves. Art gives us a nudge to remind us of that because art shows that not everything can be contained within the ability of words to describe it.” (cf. billtammeus.typepad.com).

Devotees seeking healing and other petitions are invited to visit and take part in the “Mary and the Saints: An Experience of Miracles and Healing Grace”, an exhibit of Religious Art (through religious Images) spearheaded by Radio Veritas from November 14 to November 30, 2016 to be held at SM Mall of Asia.

The exhibit will feature canonically crowned and popular venerated images of Mary from various parts of the country as well as images of the Saints associated with miracles and healing such as Saint Padre Pio and the life-size statue of sleeping Saint Joseph among others.

Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual encourages the public to foster devotion to Our Blessed Mother and to the healing saints.

“Let us pray for our brothers and sisters who need healing especially the fast and successful recovery and rehabilitation of the drug surrenders. Let us ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints to our prayers of healing from the grace of God,” Fr. Pascual said.
   
The opening and blessing of the exhibit will be led by Fr. Pascual with guest, Amb. Mercy Tuazon, Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See on November 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. The first 1,000 pilgrims will be given a rosary blessed by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
   
Last June, “Mary and the Saints in the Year of the Eucharist and the Family” exhibit was held at SM North EDSA where popular images of Mary and the Saints with devotion to and writings about the Eucharist and the family were featured.
   
Christian sacred art is produced in an attempt to illustrate, supplement and portray in tangible form the principles of Christianity. It is to make imagery of the different beliefs in the world and what it looks like. Religious art or sacred art is artistic imagery using religious inspiration and motifs and is often intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual. Sacred art involves the ritual and cultic practices and practical and operative aspects of the path of the spiritual realization within the artist’s religious tradition.
   
Religious Art is the process of expressing in concrete form a human event, emotion and aspiration ranging from simple “joys of being” to complex religious expression. A work of art is a concrete thing, an event that helps the participant (those who are viewing or witnessing the exhibition of such Religious Art) to bridge his experience with that of the artist or the group or the religious values expressed therein. 
   
“The spirit of art has two forms; one constructive, the other contemplative, and both may be infused into life. When the former is put there, each act and task is performed as if it were a work of art. This involves ‘throwing the whole self’ into it, not only thought and patience, but enthusiasm and loving finish, even as the artist puts them into his work, so that it becomes a happy self-expression. Nothing shall interfere with or mar it, or spoil its value when recalled. The imperfection and transiency of the result are then forgotten in the inspiration of endeavor; and the work or act, no matter how insignificant, becomes perfect as an experience and as a memory.” (Dewitt H. Parker)
   
Finally, Religious Art is significantly important in that it plays in prayer and worship. Churches and cathedrals are used and have a cruciform design, showing the importance of the crucifixion, reflecting the use of the building and also the hierarchical organization of the church and cathedral. In public places of worship architecture is also used to give a sense of the numinous.
   
Radio Veritas 846, the number one faith-based AM radio in the Philippines, is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila. Established in 1969, the Ramon Magsaysay recipient Catholic radio station continues to be the leading social communications ministry for truth and evangelization in the country today.
   
The exhibit is free and open to public during mall hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For inquiries, please call Ms. Renee Jose or Mr. Rey Isabela at (02) 925-7932 to 39 local 129.

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