“Art is the best way to communicate faith.” – Fr. Marko Rupnik

The vandalization this week of the famous “Zodiac Mosaics” in a fourth-century synagogue in Israel is a great loss for us all (see Tweets). Whether in stone, glass, or ceramic, mosaic art has helped religion come alive through symbolism, story-telling and inscriptions. Indeed, in a recent NYTimes review of the Byzantium and Islam exhibit at the Met, Souren Melikian sited these mosaics as some of the “best Jewish art of its time.”  We have great hopes for a splendid restoration of these important art treasures.

Many of liturgical art treasures of tomorrow are being created today by Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik and the Atelier of the Centro Aletti of Rome.  Massive in scope and with a distinctly Eastern European influence, Fr. Rupnik’s mosaic designs now grace over 100 sacred spaces in Europe, the Middle East and America.  Today’s BOM pays tribute to Fr. Rupnik with two articles and rare video interview with this eloquent and devoted artist.

We agree with Fr. Rupnik: Art  –  in any form – is the best way to communicate faith.  Enjoy –  Nancie

Grace in Gold: The Liturgical Mosaics of Fr. Marko Rupnick and the Aletti Center This is new art. This is ancient art. Fr. Marko Rupnik’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit Art is the best way to communicate faith: An Interview with Fr. Marko Rupnik
Featured Tweets of the Week

HEARTBREAKING Vandals Damage 1,600-Year-Old Art At Synagogue ht.ly/belI1

GLORIOUS  Mosaic Treasures from Israel’s Caesarea & Zippori Nat’l Parks   Via Sonia King ht.ly/bjQXz

GOOD NEWS Chagall Mosaic Mural to be installed at National Gallery of Art  http://ht.ly/bjohW

INSPIRATION in color. Vinyl Tape Art by Jim Lambie ht.ly/be81

INSPIRED Frisbees, skateboards and mobiles featured in Shoreditch (UK) Olympic mosaic designed by Tessa Hunkin ht.ly/bbsP0

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The most extensive collection of liturgical mosaics in the US is found in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Lewis.  Take a Sunday stroll through their Virtual Tour here and don’t forget to turn on the sound!

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