Betrachtungen zur Fastenzeit I invite you again this year to take some time to think about God and the world, or maybe mostly about the world, using the ten panels of the Passion of Christ fresco in the little church of Tenna, Switzerland. Click on each of the images to open a new window with … Continue reading Lenten Meditations
Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us, Thou who art also within us, May all see thee in me also, May I prepare the way for thee, May I thank thee for all that shall fall to my lot, May I also not forget the needs of others, Keep me in … Continue reading Easter Meditation
These two panels show the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The people who became direct witnesses to these tragic events seem more prayerful and grieving than upset and angry.
Today´s meditation is dedicated to the panel that is missing from the passion of Christ fresco in Tenna. The first church from 1408 was enlarged in 1504. Since then the initial south facing wall is missing, including the frescos that must have been depicted there.
A burdened man, apparently at the end of his physical strength, carrying a cross. He is led on a rope by armed and armoured soldiers. In the background a civilian who helps to carry the load.
An injured and slightly bent man is being presented. The authorities, visibly marked by their distinct headdress and their armoured entourage, look slightly puzzeled. What is the meaning of the finger play of these figures? There are big differences between the three “crowned” characters in this picture. The injured person does not seem completely isolated: The … Continue reading Lenten Meditation #6
An elegantly robed man enthroned in the center, surrounded by two colourful sidekicks. They push with rods on his head. Neither the man in the middle, nor the actors dancing on either side seem to be happy.
An almost naked man, tied to a pillar, surrounded by four men that seem to act against him. They are menacing or look indifferent. Despite the lack of graphic violence and blood, the viewer understands the physical and verbal mistreatment. The body appears unscathed, no expression of pain or suffering on the man’s face.
A guarded man with arms crossed at the wrists, and others who speak or deliberate about him, pointing with fingers. There is a clear class difference visible: one barefoot, the other one awarded with insignia. The posture of the simple man expresses confidence; the the powerful, however, has a questioning face and seems to lean forward in … Continue reading Lenten Meditation #3
The brotherly kiss, expressed with an obvious intimacy through the eyes. On one side a bystander who turns away. The colourful group of main characters is surrounded by an over-powering group – cold, harassing, threatening.
One person is in distress, profusely sweating on his face and on his hands. The others, very close to him, are sleeping – complacent, feeling safe, a sword in hand.
Lenten Meditations Auch dieses Jahre lade ich dich ein, anhand der zehn Bilder des Passionszyklus in der Kirche Tenna Zeit zu nehmen und mit den Impulsen nach zu denken über Gott und die Welt (oder vor allem über die Welt). Klicke auf ein einzelnes Bild, dann öffnet ein neues Fenster mit einem Impulstext zum jeweiligen … Continue reading Betrachtungen zur Fastenzeit
In der Kirche Tenna, Gemeinde Safiental, Schweiz, gibt es einen bemerkenswerten Passionszyklus. Dieser wurde im Jahr 1408 von einem unbekannten Künstler in der Tradition des Waltensburger Meisters als Fresken angelegt. Die Fresken inspirieren mich immer wieder zu Betrachtungen: Wie kann ich diese spätmittelalterlichen Darstellungen mit modernen Augen sehen? Was sagen mir die biblischen Darstellungen in … Continue reading Betrachtungen zur Karwoche
During meditation this morning, it occurred to me that Maundy Thursday is the day during the lenten season and the holy week that embodies the calling of my life: To be of compassionate service and to live in community. Maundy Thursday is the day of the biblical last supper and the foot-washing ceremony, two strong … Continue reading Feast Day of Service and Community: Maundy Thursday – Gründonnerstag
The community of Capuchins in Rapperswil The following text is from the monsatery’s website: http://www.klosterrapperswil.ch/Kloster/Gemeinschaft.htm. It is my own translation. The Capuchins are active in Rapperswil for over 400 years. Probably no other monastery in Switzerland has undergone over the last 19 years a dramatic development such as the monastery in Rapperswil. The regional chapter of the … Continue reading Rapperswil