Beauty’s Power

Beauty often speaks with colors, shapes, images, symbols, and stories. The early thirteenth century tabernacle depicted here held the communion reserve of the cathedral during a Maundy Thursday watch-night service. Its presence supported those gathered for prayer in the crypt of the Chartres Cathedral in France as they entered deeply into the love of God. This sacred liturgical object called forth reverence for Christ, awe, vulnerability, and hope.

To sit or kneel, sing, reflect, and pray in the presence of such beauty overwhelms me. I shake internally. I cry without knowing why. I am lifted effortlessly beyond myself into a deep desire for the well-being of others. There are no words to describe the joy of giving myself over to such beauty and allowing it to carry me where it will. The fruit of my attentiveness and contemplation include creativity, love, and faithful service.

My prayer is that you will find something beautiful to contemplate this Holy Weekend. May its gift to you be a deep sense of how lovely God is. May it carry you where you need to go so that you can follow in Christ’s footsteps in order to serve God and others through many beautiful acts of love. May it be so!

Mary at the foot of the cross

Mary at the foot of the cross

To know more about the Tabernacle of St. Aignan (in French):

The only other known 13th century tabernacle made in Limoges, France is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


4 thoughts on “Beauty’s Power

  1. Thank you so much, Jill. I needed this as I have just learned a very close friend is at the stage of calling family home at he is at the unexpected last stage of caner.

    Blessing to you both on the Sacred Holiday Martha

  2. Beautiful photography. I particularly love the effect of the black holes of darkness through the gold of the oblong crystal piece.


  3. Jill, thank you for your gift of sharing and also encouragement of walking in the footsteps of Christ and to share HIS love with others. I love the photos from Chartres. I’ve been praying for you and Tim during this special Holy week. Thank you also for your photos of your time of renewal of spirit and body during your recent time in Thailand. You and Tim looked so restful and at peace after your lengthy ministry. Blessings on you and Tim.
    With much love and many prayers,
    Tim & Cindy and family .

  4. Pingback: The 13th Century Tabernacle At Chartres | Through Jill's Eyes

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