William Holman Hunt, artist

February 18, 2013

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), the son of a city warehouse manager, was born in London. At first, he was discouraged in his artistic ambitions, but in 1843 began studying in the National gallery, the British museum, and the Royal Academy Schools. There he met Sir John Everett Millais, who together with Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rosetti formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their clear hard color, brilliant lighting, and careful delineation of detail heralded the new style. At first public opinion was unreceptive and, at times, hostile. Although the pre-Raphaelites broke up in 1852, Hunt remained loyal to that style until his death in 1910.

Religious subjects, foreshadowed by “The Hireling Shepherd” in 1853, then dominated his attention. In 1854 “The Light of the World“, an allegory of Christ knocking at the door of the human soul, brought the artist his first public success.

This was followed by a two-year visit to the Holy Land. There he painted “The Scapegoat“, a solitary outcast animal on the shores of the Dead Sea, the subject being inspired by Isaiah 53:4-6 and Leviticus 16:20-22. This was followed by the elaborate “The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple” (1854-1860). Hunt paid two more visits to Jerusalem. “The Shadow of Death” (1869-1873) contains a view of Nazareth seen throught the windows of the carpenter’s shop. Among the most important of his later paintings are two versions of “The Triumph of the Innocents” (1875-1885).

In 1899 he began a larger replica of “The Light of the World” which now is in St. Paul’s Cathedral, the original being in Keble College, Oxford. He was buried at St. Paul’s. Hunt’s unswerving morality and strong religious feeling defined his life’s work.

Father in heaven,
We thank you for the life and work of William Holman Hunt and pray for a resurgence of religious art in the Church of England. Amen.


Isaiah 61:1-3

February 18, 2013

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, (Isaiah 61:1a)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the way you came upon Jesus; come upon us as well.

Because the LORD has anointed me (Isaiah 61:1b)
      Father, anoint us daily with your Holy Spirit.

To preach good tidings to the poor; (Isaiah 61:1c)
      Jesus, please help us join with you in preaching and speaking good tidings to the poor in our communities.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Isaiah 61:1d)
      Father, send us forth with Jesus to heal the brokenhearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives, (Isaiah 61:1e)
      Jesus, help us reach out to those in prison or on parole so that they will find their liberty in you.

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1f)
      Holy Spirit, open up the prison doors for all those who are in bondage to the evil one.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (Isaiah 61:2a)
      LORD, this is the year, this is the day when we should proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and victory over sin and death.

And the day of vengeance of our God; (Isaiah 61:b2)
      LORD, vengeance is yours and we leave to your judgment all those oppress your people.

To comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:2c)
      Holy Spirit, comfort those who mourn.

To console those who mourn in Zion, (Isaiah 61:3a)
      LORD, so many in your church mourn and receive so little comfort; flood them with your Holy Spirit.

To give them beauty for ashes, (Isaiah 61:3b)
      Jesus, help them see their beauty in your eyes.

The oil of joy for mourning, (Isaiah 61:3c)
      Holy Spirit, pour out the oil of joy on all who mourn. This morning I hold up to you _____ and _____ and _____ for you oil of joy.

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; (Isaiah 61:3d)
      Jesus, lift off your church and your people the spirit of heaviness and give us garments of praise.

That they may be called trees of righteousness, (Isaiah 61:3e)
      Father, we want to be trees of righteousness.

The planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3f)
      Jesus, we want to be good soil for the seeds you plant in us so that we may bring forth an abundant harvest for you this day. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me; I will give you rest.

Monday: 41, 52; *; 44; Deut. 8:11-20; Heb. 2:11-18; John 2:1-12
Tuesday: 45; *; 47, 48; Deut. 9:4-12; Heb. 3:1-11; John 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table Cathedral February 13, 2013 Ash Wed. Beth Collum, Sue Plaske Candi Palumbo, Hilda Hardy, Jana Lingo
Candi – prayers for the whole family. Children and Grandchildren spiritual growth, daily blessings for Heather’s knee.
Beth – for the mission team in Haiti
Sue – Bishop Ball for continued healing and renewed health
B +Jeremy – asked that the people that God provided would stay in his life and that next month would be better
Eugene – for eternal life
Natasha – peace and restoration comfort and grace
Hilda – work frustrations in the office, prayers for the Lord’s peace
Mary – Michelle her sister that the Lord would help in improving the relationship
Greg – Brother Brian has brain cancer, Son Autism and scoliosis for the Lord’s provision and will .
Sharon – Jim Tareka, Roy, Ray’s wife
Joan – for John – Julien, Carolyn – family need and Blessings
Tanya – Blessings for her new job for success discernment for a Godly Man
Margaret – prayers that God would bring a man after His own heart into her life.
Tyler – guidance for chosing a grad school
Edward – Continued healing for eyes

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Subject: Revival.
      Something is brewing…
      I truly believe that a “powerful and sustained” healing revival is coming to the church. We have been praying for this for years and it has been prophesied by many that this is going to happen in Albany. Souls of all denominations need the healing balm of Gilliad, the love of Christ proclaimed. Friends, The fire of renewing and revival is on the way. Of this I have no doubt… I feel it in my bones. Last night I dreamed I was told to get my ring stock anointing oil ready and to arrange a large ornate tin filled with blessed anointing oil… In preparation for many souls…
      Stay tuned. Aslan is on the move…
      The Holy Spirit is hovering… waiting, brewing…
      ~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
      Ps. Anyone know where I find a large ornate tin that can hold oil?

Albany Intercessor


Lent Quotes – JC Ryle: The Things Which Murder Souls

February 18, 2013

Remember what I say: if you would cleave to earthly pleasures, these are the things which murder souls. There is no surer way to get a seared conscience and a hard impenitent heart, than to give way to the desires of the flesh and mind. It seems nothing at first, but it tells in the long run.

Consider what Peter says: “abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2.11). They destroy the soul’s peace, break down its strength, lead it into hard captivity, make it a slave.

Consider what Paul says: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth” (Colossians 3.5). “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5.24). “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9.27). Once the body was a perfect mansion of the soul; now it is all corrupt and disordered, and needs constant watching. It is a burden to the soul- not a helpmeet; a hindrance- not an assistance. It may become a useful servant, but it is always a bad master.

Consider, again, the words of Paul: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Romans 13.14). “These,” says Leighton, “are the words, the very reading of which so wrought with Augustine, that from a licentious young man he turned a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.”

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900, England)

h/t “The Slave of Christ” blog and Mosaic Lenten Devotional


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