Prayer Vigil

Medium: Antique Bible Covers Mounted on Wood, Antique Russian Orthodox Vigil Lamp, Antique Russian Furniture Hardware, 19th Century Russian Orthodox Bible, Nepalese Paper, Waxed Linen Thread, Ethiopian Coptic Stitching

Artist Statement: The title and composition of this piece is inspired by the concept of a “vigil” a Latin word meaning to watch. A prayer vigil is typically held for a specific period of time, usually at night or for 24 hours, when a person or group prays and reads God’s Word in a designated place in spiritual preparation for a religious feast day, to intercede on behalf of our nation, or to pray for a crisis or critical health need.

The first prayer vigil is recorded in Acts 1. When Jesus ascended back into heaven, He told His disciples to prayerfully wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit from His Father before obeying His command to take the gospel to every nation. Acts 1:14 reads, “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” This prayer vigil ushered in the new age of the Holy Spirit who would from then on indwell believers. The outcome of this prayer vigil should be the outcome of every prayer vigil: God’s people entering into right relationship with Him so that His plans and purposes will be accomplished.

24H X 18W X 4D


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