Contemplating the Face of Christ
Contemplating the Face of Christ

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Rupnik SJ, Marko Ivan 

Pauline Books & Media 



Contemplate the face of Christ as you pray with these exquisite images of his journey to the cross.

About this Book:

The beautiful images in this special Way of the Cross by Father Marko Rupnik will enhance your prayer life or make a stunning gift that will be cherished for years. Art as accompaniment to prayer is a practice more ancient than the Church itself, and the second council of Nicea affirmed it as a "translation" of the Word of God. As you contemplate the face of Christ in these images of his journey to the cross, you are bound to feel that which you read through Scripture and pray through these stations.

The story behind the mosaics used for this Way of the Cross is poignant. Completed in 2008, it stands outside the church of Santa Maria in Tolmin, Slovenia. The church originally had another set of stations, but they were destroyed as the Yugoslav government sought to erase Catholicism-even in remote mountain villages like Tolmin. After the Balkan wars, the parish priest wanted the church that had seen so much violence throughout the 20th century to have its Way of the Cross back again and commissioned Father Marko Rupnik to create it.

Contemplating the Face of Christ includes readings from Scripture, commentaries by Eastern rite saints and theologians, hymns, and prayers. As the title indicates, this exquisitely beautiful Way of the Cross focuses visually on Jesus's face, on his eyes filled with pain and sorrow. As you journey with him, contemplate this face and all that it elicits in you. How can you respond?

Features & Benefits:
  • Brings art and beauty to prayer
  • Created by an internationally known religious artist
  • Transmits a deeper theological understanding of the mystery of salvation
  • Lends visual aids to prayer and contemplation
  • Excellent for individual use or for gift-giving

About the Author:

Marko Ivan Rupnik, SJ, is the director of the Centro Aletti, a center for scholars and artists of Eastern Europe to meet and study with their western counterparts. He has made mosaics for churches around the world. He also teaches at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and he is author of many books. His work as an artist and theologian has always been complemented by his pastoral work of leading retreats.

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 x 7¼ inches
Pages: 96?

Keywords: Rupnik, mosaic, Stations of the Cross, Lent, icons, Passion of Christ, theological reflection; Jesuit; parish resources; praying with art; Lenten homily; way of beauty;

Katherine Bogner says...
Gorgeous, glossy full color photos of mosaics created by the author feature striking close ups of the face of Christ during His Passion. The images are shared alongside Scripture, ancient Christian writings, reflections, prayers, and hymns. This book would be a wonderful tool for personal prayer during Lent, especially in times that you cannot be in a church or chapel to have the visual of the Stations of the Cross around you. The photos in this book each lend themselves to meditation on the emotion of Christ and His followers during His last hours.
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