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It is a modern icon that is based upon an illumination in the St Albans Psalter painted in 1130AD. I think I prefer the 21st century by Peter Murphy!
Advent is about preparing our hearts to receive God's grace at Christmas. As a farmer prepares his field and an artist prepares his canvas and focuses on his subject, we focus our attention on God and prepare for Him to break into our lives.
Our part is to “be vigilant at all times and pray.” We have been told in recent weeks it is not for us to know the day or the hour. What is important is that we are always ready. This is our time of testing.
Watch and pray.
How to teach yourself to be an artist in a nutshell. Study old masters and copy with understanding. As you do so, think twice, paint once!