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Get Your Compendium Art Here

Emily at Whapping pulls together all the art used in the Compendium, with excerpts on their significance.

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posted April 5, 2006 at 5:37 am

Love that they did that!
There’s such a trove of profound meanings in sacred art that I never tire of reading up on details we Romans might not be familiar with, such as “ICXC,” the Greek monogram of Jesus Christ featured in the first item, as Jesus’ fingers bless the viewer in an abbreviated sort of sign of the cross:
Another neat image to do with catechism and hands, is a woodcut illustration in a German psalter,
with a Latin inscription for each finger beginning with “thumbs up”
(universal sign of I’m ok, you’re ok)
(index finger favored in admonition)
(giving someone the middle finger has been reduced to more course usage nowadays, but St Theresa of Avila writes of making ‘the fig’ at the devil as instructed to by her confessor in times of trials!
(third finger is for all humans the most difficult to extend on its own, try it, and its the ring finger too, reminding spouses that honesty’s the best policy in conjugal life
(in England we drink our tea with lifted ‘pinky’ – from the Dutch for little finger – in a leisurely display of Christian joy)
And for the wee ones who prefer all-pictures, for their Mirror of Human Salvation (Speculum Humanae Salvationis) the contrapasso of grisaille old covenent vs cartoon posterpaint colors for the Good News of the new covenant is so much easier to follow than reading a bunch of Scott Hahn books (no offense to the author intended!). Obscure passages of prefigurements in scripture just pop out at you, see for example Our Lord’s Scourging at the Pillar at:
We are so blessed that the web allows us to share these precious images worldwide at the touch of button. Teresa at Blog-by-the-Sea made a good point earlier this week on St. Boniface on mission in Germany having to request the loan of a copy of the Bible from home in England, because they’re weren’t enough legible copies in his country!
Godspeed to all who toil in cyberscriptoria!

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posted April 5, 2006 at 10:55 am

Why is the art all European? That’s fine with me, but I wonder if an opportunity was missed here.

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posted April 5, 2006 at 3:55 pm

Check out the “Joe Catholic” ad for Envoy that is below the Compendium art — it’s quite funny.

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