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Ponderings: A cover for Lent

0313ponderingsillustrationFor each issue of The Moravian, I endeavor to come up with a compelling cover image to welcome readers inside. With Holy Week and Easter coming early this year, I knew the March issue was the perfect opportunity to offer a Lenten image on the cover.

As I thought of imagery and symbolism associated with Lent and Easter, the three crosses on Calvary kept coming to the forefront. I wanted something that said “Moravian” and featured the symbolism of the three-cross motif.

But how could I create such an image in Bethlehem in the middle of winter? Then it came to me: I would use color, shadow and light to illustrate the idea forming in my head.

Using two old mailing tubes and some rubber bands, I fashioned a tall, slender cross shape with a base made from foam packing material. With my camera gear and my newly-fashioned cross, I was off to find the perfect location for the photo—the Moravian Seal in the entrance of my church.

I set the cross in front of the seal, placed three camera flashes at different angles in front of the cross, then put a red, green or blue gel on the front of each flash. I set my exposure, turned out the lights and pressed the shutter release…

For the neighbors across the street, it must have seemed odd to see bright flashes of light coming from the darkened entrance to the church. But what emerged from each burst was what I was hoping for —three colored crosses superimposed over a Moravian seal.

For me I see the sacrifice made by our conquering Lamb and why we follow Him in the play of color, shadow and light. The deep shadow over the lamb was unintentional, but speaks to the darkness of Good Friday. At the same time, the bright colors of the crosses symbolize the hope of our risen Lord. Does it work for you? Please feel free to share with me your thoughts on this image.

From all of us at the Interprovincial Board of Communication, we wish you a holy Lenten season and a joyous Easter.




From the March 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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