Greater than you or me


Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Isaiah 40:26

(two examples of an Eastern Orthodox crucifix–Greek / Julie Cook / 2014)

6 comments on “Greater than you or me

  1. Lynda says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful crucifixes – there is so much symbolism in each of them. The verse from Isaiah is a great reminder that if God takes such care of the stars, why should we worry about anything at all for our God considers each of us to be God’s beloved sons and daughters. Blessings.

  2. calmgrove says:

    I’m not religious in any way, but I do like the way significant symbols have been used in different ways in both these examples, and the fact that the artist — who has clearly used some of the same patterns for both crucifixes — has managed to include variety in the way he (I assume it’s a he) fills the spaces.

    Is the Isaiah quote a translation of the text surrounding the cross? My limited ability to transliterate the Greek characters tells me that the text is roughly the same though the lack of punctuation and the abbreviations are beyond me. At least I recognise the four-character abbreviation for Iesous Christos in both examples. I’m assuming the four characters beneath Jesus’ feet are ciphers for the artist (mu lambda rho eta).

    • See, you know more than you thought–for not being religious in any way 😉 I bought each of these in two vastly different places. The second of the two, which is actually almost ivory in appearance, from a sort of Catholic artist’s missions co-op in Rome—the first one is of a slate material which I bought it in Atlanta, Georgia at the Cathedral Bookstore—the large Episcopal Cathedral in which I attended growing up. I was drawn to both because of the Orthodox influence— as the art teacher, who loves studying early Christian symbolism, especially that of the Orthodox church, I was drawn to both for the deep symbolism etched in each cross. The Christian faith, of which I am a believer, is steeped in mystery and symbolism which I find intriguing, comforting and mystifying all rolled into one —I greatly appreciate your wisdom, knowledge and eye for the detail!!

      • calmgrove says:

        Now that’s interesting, the different provenance for each crucifix.
        No, while I’m not religious I’m appreciative of the artistry involved, the beauty of the design, the affecting depth of belief and the ability of symbols to combine in simple images complex ideas and concepts; and I’m also interested in history and how that plays a part in the development of belief and art.

  3. Oh I love that second one! Did you make it, my art teacher friend? Hugs, Natalie 🙂

    • Sadly no my English teacher friend–I actually found that during a trip to Rome—it was in a Catholic mission artist co-op—run by a delightful little monk, Padre Andre, who spoke no English—it was a magical spiritual moment as the Faith we each shared transcended our inabilities to verbally communicate–I’ll have to tell the story one day–:)

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