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The Divine Mercy
April 7th 2015
18 x 30 inches
34 Hours
Acrylic on Wood


Happy Divine Mercy Sunday everyone! This is an image I have been working on feverishly all during Lent and especially during Holy Week, so I'm excited about finally being able to post it up here. This image of Divine Mercy was done as a commission for the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Feast of Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy was established by the Church as a refuge for souls in response to the wish of Christ made known to St. Faustina. He told her: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary of St. Faustina 699) "Souls perish in spite of my bitter Passion. I am giving them the hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy." (Diary of St. Faustina 965) and: “tell aching humanity to snuggle close to my merciful Heart and I will fill it with peace.” (Diary of St. Faustina 1074)

There is a great deal of rich symbolism in the image of Divine Mercy. In this image, Christ stands before a door in reference to Revelations 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” His right hand is upraised in blessing while the other lifts up His robe to reveal His Sacred Heart which issues the rays of Divine Mercy. Christ Himself explained to St. Faustina the meaning of the rays: "The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross....Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him." For this particular commission I was asked to make two stained glass panels on either side with different Christian symbols. There is the Alpha and Omega in reference to Revelations 22:13: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."; as well as vines and grapes from John 15:5: "I am the vine; you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing."; and a shell with a cross and water symbolizing Baptism; the Shield of the Blessed Trinity; the Holy Spirit with twelve tongues of fire representing the Holy Feast of Pentecost and the birth of the Church; a golden church symbolizing Mother Church and the New Jerusalem; Christ as the Pascal Lamb with a shepherd's crook, symbolizing both His Resurrection and Christ as the Good Shepherd; a Jerusalem Cross; and lastly three lilies which symbolize the Resurrection and the Annunciation and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent, but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.


Jesus, I trust in you!
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:iconalexmasterman:
Alexmasterman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
great!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Aericlee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you know, Theophile, that the original Divine Mercy and the Shroud of Turin face match perfectly?
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:iconentityofchrist:
entityofchrist Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconholyartsalchemist:
HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. You are a wonderful artist.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:
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HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's very nice.
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tropicalpunch919 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Hi Theophilia! Your Gallery was awesome! You are truly an artist. Can you help me with my project? Please email me. I am a catholic and we have this Filipino saints also. Would you mind sending them to you?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Note me your e-mail or send me an e-mail (mine is in my journal) and I can try and see if I can be of any service!
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the Blood/Water rays and the stained glass.  Very nice!  :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're ever so welcome!! :D
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Wolvercorte Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I really do love your art, especially for the colours and the 'medieval feeling' of it and the connection with crusader times. And though I'm not Christian yet I do believe in God and his Angels. 
I'd like to ask a question: In the gloriole around Jesus' head are the three letters AIM - what do they mean? 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:

Hahah, perhaps I should try to make it more clear in the future, but they're supposed to be read from top to bottom, so: "I AM." It's the Name of God that God revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14.

So putting the "I AM" in the halo is an affirmation of the Divinity of Jesus Christ; namely, that He is both truly God and Man. In most icons of Christ you can see the same letters in His Halo. Sometimes they're arranged in a different order, but they also mean "I AM" except abbreviated in Greek. For example: holytrinityeggharbor.com/asset… or s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o…

I hope that answers your question! :D
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Wolvercorte Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
It really does answer! :) and thank you for your kind reply :) Best regards!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Noriark Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
 Amazing... I think I've fainted. Heart 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
The colors are so lovely! Awesome job!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
You're most welcome ^-^
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
beautiful as always!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
your welcome! :D (Big Grin)
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!! THIS IS SO AMAZING!

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME WORK! :)|

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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! :hug:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2015
I just had a slightly blasphemous thought, or rather observation, that Christ's cross halo looks like a target, (or cross hairs) and it also has 'aim' written on it. That isn't your fault, but it isn't good! This picture though, is very good.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It took a good bit of doing....ugh, painting with acrylics isn't really my thing. :P But I should practice more to get better.

On the contrary, I think that is precisely what the Cross is: a target. It's built into the very nature of it's shape. And for the Christian, it is both a target in the sense that that is where God Himself let Himself be plunged into the blackest abyss of human misery and suffering out of love for men, and became a target of their hatred. Love was fixed in the crosshairs of the world and was killed and rejected. It's also a target in the sense that Christ is our target and our model! :D

Hahah, yes, someone else commented on that too: it's supposed to be read from top to bottom, so: "I AM." It's the Name of God that God revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14. You can see it in other icons, except that the letters are usually in Greek, but they mean "I AM" as well. :nod:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Very good symbolic interpretation. Quite thought-provoking.
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DeanJohnsonArtStudio Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful version of Divine Mercy, and I like all the additional details you included in the stained glass.  It makes your Divine Mercy image unique and memorable.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!!! :glomp:
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
No pun intended, but this is a Divine painting! It's Traditional yet fresh and new! Best Yet!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you! :aww:
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Your Very welcome!Hug 
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AlejandraSandHesse Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was considering making one myself, but your work just blows me away on how much you put into it.  I am sure I wouldn't work near this hard on it!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks!
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mikesmom37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
our mass was wonderful, afterward we had exposition of the blessed sacrament, the chaplet of Divine mercy sung on the rosary,  o salutaris,tantum ergo,the Divine Praises....  and finally the kissing of the feet of Jesus  in His beautiful  Divine Mercy Picture which was  placed up by the communion rail inside the altar area. I cried so hard. it was so beautiful. 
a beautiful piece of art for our BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR AND MERCIFUL KING!!!!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :hug:
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:iconmikesmom37:
mikesmom37 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student General Artist
the pleasure was completely mine!
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifully done and Happy Divine Mercy Sunday to you!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! :hug:
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome!:hug:
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Alina-Kurbiel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Great timing :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah, thanks ;-)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Wishing you a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :glomp: I hope you had a good one too!
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!!! :D 
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