Secondary Visual Arts For Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Complementing the Table or altar, font, and pulpit in a space for Christian worship are a variety of secondary visual arts that heighten the impact of the primary visual arts, serve the function of the primary visual arts, and contribute to the celebrative ethos of the worship space. The secondary visual arts in this section include contributions by sculptors, weavers, potters, painters, and a variety of other artists and provide many opportunities for ongoing contributions by visual artists...

An Introduction To The Secondary Visual Arts In Worship

Because worship celebrates the gospel, the most visual images of worship are those which express the body of Christ assembled around Word, Table and font. Consequently, secondary symbols must serve the primary symbols by pointing to them and never dominating or overpowering them. The following secondary symbols have an important place in worship and will function well as servants of the primary symbols.

The Significance Of Icons In Orthodox Worship

The Eastern church has long valued the significance of icons as sources of revelation in worship. With insights from the Eastern Orthodox churches, the theological rationale and traditional practice of iconography is described here in terms of its role in worship.

A Glossary Of Terms For Sacramental Vessels

Along with the Table or altar, the vessels used for sacrament are also important in communicating its meaning. This article defines many of the terms used in describing sacramental vessels.

The Significance Of Liturgical Vestments

This article discusses both theological and historical perspectives on the use of vestments in worship, referring both to vestments for worship leaders and for important objects used in worship.

The Use Of Liturgical Vestments

Vestments, which have a long and venerable history in liturgical practice, provide many opportunities for artistry and creativity. The following article outlines guidelines for the use of vestments, taking into account both the history of their use and the differences of a variety of worship traditions.

A Glossary Of Terms For Liturgical Vestments

Many technical terms are used to describe the variety of vestments and textile arts used in worship. These terms are defined here.

Banners In Worship

Banners are found in sanctuaries of large cathedrals and small rural churches. This article offers some means for evaluating the purpose and qualities of banner art.

Candles And Lights In Worship

Lights serve both a utilitarian and symbolic function in worship. This article traces the history of candles, lamps, and other lights in worship and suggests ways that the symbolic function of these lights can be maintained.

The Symbol Of The Cross In Worship

The one symbol used in perhaps every tradition of worship is the cross. This article presents advice on appropriate ways that a cross may be displayed in the worship space.

Flowers In Worship

Flowers are commonly used in the worship space but are not always subject to the same level of reflection as other aspects of the environment. This article presents some basic suggestions regarding the use of flowers in worship based on both liturgical and practical considerations.

Stained Glass In The Worship Space

One medium of art that has been almost exclusively associated with Christian churches is that of stained glass. Some basic considerations regarding stained glass are mentioned here.

Sculpture In Worship

At times a piece of visual art opens possibilities for creating sermons or reflections on Scripture readings in worship. Sculpture is an art form that can lend itself to such proclamation or contemplation.

Temporary Art In Worship

Many artistic works are created for a specific time or purpose; the artist does not intend for such temporary art to exist beyond the limits of the temporal space. The primary images and symbols of Christian faith are important sources for these works whose purpose is to unlock their hidden meanings or to reveal new ones.