Ancient Christian artists frequently depicted the Cross of Christ as a life-giving tree, growing amid a new creation. Liturgies of eastern Christian churches equate the Cross to the Tree of Life described in the book of Genesis. Such imagery and such forms of worship invite reflection. What is Christian spirituality like when the theme of a New Creation is its principal idea, and a living Cross its symbol? Can these images from long ago and far away be revived, and resonate for modern Christians?
The first hour will demonstrate how widespread Living Tree imagery once was, and revel in its Bible-based iconography. Early crosses from Scotland to China will be shown and deciphered.
The second hour will highlight the significance of this imagery for the every-day life and prayer of Christian believers today.
Our presenter is Rev. Donnel O’Flynn, retired Episcopal priest who most recently served as rector here in central New York. He is the author of the recently published book Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree.