Christ Blessing – Salvator Mundi

Antonello da Messina Christ blessing c1465 National Gallery London

The image of the Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the world) was popular in Venice. The frontality of the pose is striking. Christ’s gesture of blessing was changed by Antonello to make the hand more foreshortened. This demonstates his skill and increases the drama.

National Gallery, London

Prayer of of Saint Richard of Chichester – (this is a marvellous morning prayer)

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly                                                                                                                      Amen


We used to sing this version at school.


Day by day,
Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly,
Day by Day.




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