As we approached Holy Week this year, my mind wandered back to a painting that hangs in the Narthex. I did not know the backstory for the painting but with a little help from my friends, this information that appeared in a March, 1986, St. Mark Newsletter found its way to my inbox.
Charles Long’s Prophecy Fulfilled, a painting in acrylic and oil was presented to St. Mark by Charles on Thursday, March 27, 1986. We are most appreciative of Charles’ talent and generous contribution to St. Mark.
Prophecy Fulfilled depicts events leading up to and including the Crucifixion.
Anointing of Jesus at Bethany, Matthew 26:10-13
Palm Sunday with Christ on the donkey entering Jerusalem, Mark 11:7-10
The Passover Supper with broken bread and chalice, Matthew 26:17–19
The washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus, John 13:1-17
The betrayal by Judas, Matthew 26:14-16
Joseph of Arimathaea and the three women at the foot of the cross, Mark 15:42-47
The slain lamb as the sacrificial Lamb of God, John 1:29
The Cross with blood from the nails and a purple robe at the base, depicting Christ. Matthew 27:27-31
I did not know Charles Long but we all know his daughter Pat Marshall. During this Holy Week may we all pause and reflect on the events shown in the art work. When we are back in Church, take time to enjoy the painting, a gift of love to share the story with all who enter the Narthex.
Mary Beth Powell, March 27.2021