the beauty of turning to god: art & prayer


Timothy Verdon’s Art & Prayer is a  beautiful book featuring richly illustrated sacred art that teaches us how to turn to God in prayer.  It is a wonderful aid to prayer and meditation. Verdon explores how sacred art can teach us to pray in this richly illustrated book. Read Art & Prayer slowly and let the words and the art inform your meditations. A perfect gift for anyone who loves sacred art.

“Images put before believers can in fact teach them how to turn to God in prayer…” This is the “art of prayer,” when faith and prayer become creative responses by which the creatures learn to relate to the Creator.

Monsignor Timothy Verdon, one of the world’s most respected art historians, is the Academic Director of the Mount Tabor Centre in Barga, Italy. He earned his PhD at Yale University and has lived in Italy for the last half century where he also directs the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage, the Cathedral Foundation Museum (Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore), and the Centre for Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Florence.

The new Mount Tabor Centre for Art and Spirituality in Barga, Italy, founded in 2013 by the Community of Jesus, has a mission is to promote visual and performing arts, organize educational programs, and facilitate ecumenical exchange. It organizes study visits and international symposia, promotes dialogue on monastic history and spirituality in the arts, and presents exhibits of contemporary sacred art, choral concerts, and theatre productions.

This mission originated with the Community’s acceptance of the proposal from the Office of Sacred Art of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy, to organize a symposium drawing on the Community’s experience in building its Church of the Transfiguration on Cape Cod and decorating it with works by masters from Italy, Ireland, France, Germany, and the United States. The symposium, which took place in Florence in October 2011 (“Contemporary Sacred Art: Life Sources and Spirituality”), and the simultaneous publication of the meeting’s papers in Italian (Bellezza e vita. La spiritualità nell’arte contemporanea, ed. Timothy Verdon, Milan 2011) sparked further discussion with the Archdiocese of Florence, and then with that of Pisa, leading to the creation of the Mount Tabor Centre in the Tuscan city of Barga.

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