"The light of the risen Christ shines like a mirror on the testimony of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, all martyrs for the faith.
“Asian youth wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines on you”, Event." link
"So often we today can find our faith challenged by the world, and in countless ways we are asked to compromise our faith, to water down the radical demands of the Gospel and to conform to the spirit of this age. Yet the martyrs call out to us to put Christ first and to see all else in this world in relation to him and his eternal Kingdom. They challenge us to think about what, if anything, we ourselves would be willing to die for."
Excerpt Papal homily Beatification link
Symbolic elements present in the painting above top:
It depicts the holy martyrs, but not all of them. Among those martyred were religious, youth and family- male and female.
The cross, rosary, processional monstrance, liturgical stole.
The mountain is mentioned over 5000 times in the bible- here's one:" Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord: or who shall stand in his holy place?The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who hath not taken his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbour. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Saviour" (PS 23:3-5).
White garments are symbolic of purity, holiness, innocence, "They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white" (Rev 7:14).
Clouds opening to the heavens, cloud of witness (Hebrews 12:1).
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Left is a window from Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, Sullivan, MO, depicting traditional Christian symbols and formulas, developed over centuries (right).
The hand for God the Father, referred to in the Bible and common speech.
The labarum, or Chi-Rho for the Son which takes the first 2 Greek letters of the name Christ (Χριστός), the "X" (Chi) the "P" (Rho).
The Dove, Mark 1:10 and elsewhere for the Holy Spirit.
The triangle of equal sides forms one complete whole indicating the three-in-oneness of God.
The interlocking circles indicate that all persons of the Trinity are equal in importance and they have no end.
A mandorla where the three intersect.
Blue is the symbol for truth and clarity. This sky color symbolic of heaven.
Twenty-six Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries and Japanese converts crucified- depicted in the way they were martyred. They were privileged to have suffered and died in the same way as Jesus Christ, for his sake and that of the people of Japan.
The red circle + white background = Japan's flag.
Red is the color of humanity, blood, martyrdom, suffering, Pentecost/fire.
White is a symbol of purity, innocence and holiness
Christian Art attempts to portray the beauty as well as the reality. Often inscriptions (like above) are inserted into the artwork in order to identify it properly and for all to understand.
Japanese Christian art post.
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