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Followed by the Holy Apostle Andrew

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The reference in the title to Saint Andrew the Apostle is the metaphor of an ancient Christianity, but continuously attested on the ethnogenetic territory of the Romanians, at the same time constitutive of the historical consciousness of the Romanian nation. Built on the mention in the Church History of Eusebius of Caesarea regarding the lands evangelized by St. Andrew the Apostle, including both the Balkan lands and the land of Scythia, the Andean metaphor evokes a symbolic beginning of Christianity in Romania, but also a fidelity to the beginnings understood as the heritage of Orthodoxy.

The approach of the painter Paul Gherasim takes over the symbol of the apostolic foundation and constructs a visual discourse about the permanence of a civilization which, going beyond idle discussions about the certainties of historical beginnings, can be considered bimillennial. The...

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The reference in the title to Saint Andrew the Apostle is the metaphor of an ancient Christianity, but continuously attested on the ethnogenetic territory of the Romanians, at the same time constitutive of the historical consciousness of the Romanian nation. Built on the mention in the Church History of Eusebius of Caesarea regarding the lands evangelized by St. Andrew the Apostle, including both the Balkan lands and the land of Scythia, the Andean metaphor evokes a symbolic beginning of Christianity in Romania, but also a fidelity to the beginnings understood as the heritage of Orthodoxy.

The approach of the painter Paul Gherasim takes over the symbol of the apostolic foundation and constructs a visual discourse about the permanence of a civilization which, going beyond idle discussions about the certainties of historical beginnings, can be considered bimillennial. The purpose of the book is to argue aesthetically the reality of this permanence, the vitality and authenticity of a cultural work springing from a faith, that in the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. That it is about sacrifice and resurrection is demonstrated by the images that open the volume: a repeated alternation of crosses and graves / burials, which are suddenly interrupted by the evangelist's feast with the Anastasis scene, then by the image of the Easter liturgy with lighted candles and the tab of psaltic manuscript with the title Order which is sung on the holy and pre-illuminated day of the Resurrection of our Lord. The Easter morning follows over the Romanian village, when the fog of ignorance dissipates and the veil is lifted to see the Slavic angels glorifying together with all the creature that the nightingale embodies. The image is a delicate but powerful reference to the language in which the night bird luscinia megarhynchos is called the nightingale, a name derived from the pervigilia services (vigil) that the Scythian monks (from Scythia Minor) said in Latin. Linguistic metamorphosis becomes at the end of a complex cycle of acculturations, in which Greek and Slavonic, the liturgical language of creation, find their place.

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Publishing date: 
2016
Pages: 
112
ISBN: 
978-606-666-539-1
Cover type: 
broșată
Format: 
21 x 25 cm
Color: 
color

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