Liturgical Art Installations
The white neo-gothic altar with statue of Jesus at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was draped in black fabric (18’ x 10’) to remember the suffering and death of Christ, and to dramatically convey the ultimate sacrifice of God’s Son; .”.The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. Is. 53:6b. Six pillar candles (three on each side of the center drape) and the center Christ Candle were extinguished after each of the seven last words/phrases of Christ on the Cross were read in the worship service. The black felt floor drape extends down the chancel aisle to symbolize the sin of the world. The starkness of the chancel space, stripped bare except for altar and Christ Candle, in low light, heightens the meaning of Good Friday.
A stage and center gym floor area were prepared for Good Friday noon worship through a spartan but dramatic use of black and white, at Trinity Lutheran School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lengths of white paper on the back stage wall (11’ x 12’) were a backdrop for 6 media images projected during worship, above a black-covered altar-pall or ‘holy hill’ at center-stage-front.
A length of black felt extended from the altar-pall down the front edge of the stage to the gym floor, where an additional 50 foot aisle of black landscape fabric became a path for worshippers to walk on to reach their seats. The worshippers footprints on the ‘black path’ helped define the concept of ‘sin’: …”he (Christ) bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Is. 53:12c
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