March 22nd, 2008

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Easter Candles

In each church is an Easter candle. Each year a new candle is lit for the first time or brought inside, during the Easter service. The candle represents the resurrection and the promise of it. It is lit in each service.

These Easter candles were made by older children in church. These candle are for homes. When there is a picture of the cross on it on the big Easter candles, the nails of the cross are pins with francensence on top. On these little home candles francinsence grains are used, pushed into the wax. Pins would be too big for them. Thinking that up was my only contribution to this project except for lending my bike, for transporting the forty candles. I have big sidebags on my bike.

Making candles at home

Candle from Lauren  and my Easter candle
Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Station 13, Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

At Station 13 Jesus is taken down from the cross. When Jesus is dead, Joseph of Arimathea, a friend of Jesus who was a respected member of the council, went to Pilate to ask for the body. His wish was granted and the friends of Jesus took his body down to bring it to the grave of Joseph of Arimathea. 


On the picture Jesus' body is laying on the back of the donkey, Joseph of Arimithea walks in front towards the grave. His friends care for Jesus. My question at this station is: How do my friends comfort me? My answer came from the Gendron Tarot as Two of Pentacles. 


My friends care for me by showing me by helping me to take distance from my worries, by laughing, by helping me not to take things too seriously. The result is that I become more balanced. 
Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Station 14, Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Station 14 is traditionally the last Station of the Cross. 


At this Station the body of Jesus is laid in the tomb to rest there. My question is: What is buried and waits in me, as seed in the earth, as Jesus in his grave? The card that I have received is Ace of Cups from the Tarot of Saints. 


What is buried in me and waits is Christ: he who is forgiving, who fulfilled his purpose as a lamb so innocent, who suffered, whose blood is as wine, lifegiving.