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Christ the King

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Christ the King
© Cecilia Lawrence
February 14th 2014
Watercolor and Ink
8 x 10 inches
15 ½ hours

"It is I who have set up my king on Zion,
my holy mountain."
I will announce the decree of the Lord:
The Lord said to me: "You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I will bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.”

- Psalm 2:6-8


I was commissioned to make this one a long time ago, along with the…, the plan, of course, had been to finish it on the Feast of Christ the King, but that clearly did not happen. ;-) Well, it’s finished now, just barely in time for the due date.

This particular image with its associated iconography and symbolism is derived from a number of images of Christ, especially Christ in Glory, Salvator Mundi, Christ Pantocrator, The Last Judgment, and of course other images of Christ as King. A lot of the symbols in these various images have a lot of overlap, often including Christ seated on a royal throne in majesty, adored by the Hosts of Heaven, and surrounded by the Four Evangelists (in the forms of their symbolic creatures: the Man, Lion, Bull and Eagle, representing Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, respectively). More recent images (i.e. 1800s and on) show Christ often with His Sacred Heart, and in this image, I also added the rays of the Divine Mercy bursting from His Heart. His right hand is raised in blessing, while His other hand holds the globus cruciger (the orb-bearing cross, symbolizing Christ’s dominion over the whole universe) and a royal scepter, also surmounted by a cross. I also gave Him the Papal Tiara (as I thought that would be a little more splendid than a more simple crown) with the three crowns symbolizing His roles as Priest, Prophet and King. Three is also a symbolically perfect number, so it also signifies that Christ is the perfect King.

The Feast Day of Christ the King is a fairly new addition to the liturgy. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in his encyclical Quas Primas to combat the radical nationalism and secularism that was raging throughout the world especially after World War I. In 1969, Pope Paul VI renamed the Feast: “The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe.”

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

- from the TE DEUM


The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is celebrated on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time (the last Sunday before Advent).

Almighty and merciful God,
you break the power of evil and make all things new
in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe.
May all in heaven and earth
acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Do you sell this?
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
I sell prints of all my work, including this, but the original painting has been sold.
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Magnificent work,like the tetramorph...
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, that was one of the inspirations!
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Welcome and please keep up the amazing work.Best wishes for you.
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Glory to God in the Highest!
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God bless you!! So beautifully made!!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :meow:
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MikiJacksonStudent Filmographer
you're welcome!
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Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum,
et donavit illi nomen,
quod est super omne nomen;
ut in nomine Iesu omne genu flectatur caelestium, terrestrium et infernorum,
et omnis lingua confiteatur,
quia Dominus Iesus Christus
in gloria est Dei Patris.
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Amen! :D
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OtsoBeltzakHobbyist Photographer
Hail Christ the King!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your thoughtful comments on it as well! :iconilikeitplz:
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The reason there are similarities is because there are 500 flood narratives in the world, all proving that a great flood did happen.…
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh no, not at all. I am perfectly willing to have any kind of conversation with people so long as they're polite (unfortunately, as I'm sure you know yourself, it's a sadly rare phenomenon on the internet. Imagine, people treating like actual people!)

I'm curious as to what Christian tradition you grew up in, because, as a Catholic, I've always been absolutely baffled by the perceived conflict between faith and reason. To quote Dr. Peter Kreeft (from his excellent book, The Philosophy of Tolkien: "In art, the world conforms to the creative idea; in science, the idea conforms to the world. Truth in science is the reverse of truth in art. If God created the universe, then all science is reading God's art." The Catholic Church has a very robust intellectual and philosophical tradition (Thomas Aquinas anyone?) and Philosophia is the mother of the natural sciences (both historically and logically). The Catholic Church has a very high esteem of man's intellectual and reasoning abilities, and even in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (or CCC for short), she says this:
Man's faculties make him capable of coming to a knowledge of the existence of a personal God. But for man to be able to enter into real intimacy with him, God willed both to reveal himself to man and to give him the grace of being able to welcome this revelation in faith. The proofs of God's existence, however, can predispose one to faith and help one to see that faith is not opposed to reason.

"Our holy mother, the Church, holds and teaches that God, the first principle and last end of all things, can be known with certainty from the created world by the natural light of human reason." Without this capacity, man would not be able to welcome God's revelation. Man has this capacity because he is created "in the image of God".

In the historical conditions in which he finds himself, however, man experiences many difficulties in coming to know God by the light of reason alone: Though human reason is, strictly speaking, truly capable by its own natural power and light of attaining to a true and certain knowledge of the one personal God, who watches over and controls the world by his providence, and of the natural law written in our hearts by the Creator; yet there are many obstacles which prevent reason from the effective and fruitful use of this inborn faculty. For the truths that concern the relations between God and man wholly transcend the visible order of things, and, if they are translated into human action and influence it, they call for self-surrender and abnegation. The human mind, in its turn, is hampered in the attaining of such truths, not only by the impact of the senses and the imagination, but also by disordered appetites which are the consequences of original sin. So it happens that men in such matters easily persuade themselves that what they would not like to be true is false or at least doubtful.

This is why man stands in need of being enlightened by God's revelation, not only about those things that exceed his understanding, but also "about those religious and moral truths which of themselves are not beyond the grasp of human reason, so that even in the present condition of the human race, they can be known by all men with ease, with firm certainty and with no admixture of error". (CCC 35-38)

I think it's so beautiful that the Church holds human reason in such high esteem. :aww:

As for the Flood narratives, that was a similarity I remember noticing when I was young (I also like mythology and ancient history as well!). It's very interesting that so many different cultures in various times and places have creation accounts that are so remarkably similar. I think more than anything that points to the fact that such an event did actually happen. I don't know if we would ever be able to find conclusive evidence that the Jews merely borrowed the story from their neighbors; I think it more likely that a massive flood did happen, and the story was present in a long oral tradition and merely written down by later Jewish writers.

Hey, you're in good company! A lot of people (Christians too) have questions about the perceived differences between God in the New Testament and God in the Old Testament. I found a good, short little video that addresses that question:… but if you're interested in something longer, there's a book called Hard Sayings that addresses a number of questions about seeming difficulties and discrepancies in the Bible divided into External (scientific "errors"), Internal (seeming contradictions in various passages), and Moral Difficulties (where God seems to command or approve of moral evils). 

I told myself I would only write a short reply, but I'm afraid I'm guilty of being long-winded as well. :XD: 
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So glorious! Wonderful work! :heart: I was wondering if you have prints of your works available? I would like to buy one (or more) eventually...
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Why thank you! Yes, I do have prints available of my work. I sell themselves (so not through dA). You can go to my journal for more information on how to order prints and how much they cost. It's down towards the bottom of the journal entry. :nod:
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Magnificent work!
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