This Lent I was introduced to the beautiful art of Carl Heinrich Bloch. He was influenced by Rembrandt. “The altarpieces can be found at Holbaek, Odense, Ugerloese and Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as Loederup, Hoerup, and Landskrona in Sweden.” Enjoy!
“Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Mary and Elizabeth
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Birth of Christ
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Shepherds and Angel
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
The Slaughter of the Innocents
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,* and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Fleeing to Egypt
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.
Jesus is Found in the Temple
“Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Wedding at Cana
It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Baptism of Christ
“Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’”
Jesus is Tempted
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Sermon on the Mount
Raising of the Daughter of Jairus
When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick.
Christ Healing the Sick
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Come Unto Me
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Christ and Child
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Christ with Children
“whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Woman at the Well
“Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda
“He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see.”
Healing the Blind Man
“Lazarus, come out!”
“It is written: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of thieves.”
Casting Out the Money Changers
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
“My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch.”
Christ at Gethsemane
He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.
Christ at Gethsemane
“I do not know the man!”
Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly.
Repentance of Peter
And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly.
Christ and Thorns
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head.
Crown of Thorns
They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.
Road to Emmaus
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves, For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”