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the trinity sculpture

The sculpture above and behind the altar in our church symbolizes the basic truth of our Catholic faith--the Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Upon this doctrine rests the entire structure of our faith.

It is difficult to put a spiritual idea into concrete terms, and that is why tradition has pictured God the Father in the role as a great old man with a long beard or has represented Him as a hand or as a large eye.

The designers of our church wished to create a more representative idea of God the Father and conveyed their ideas to the Parisian artist Gubilini. They envisioned a burst of rays emanating in every direction from a central source, a physical concept of the omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence of God the creator reaching out to every corner of the universe.

Jesus Christ, God the Son, is portrayed both as Christ the Crucified Redeemer and Christ Glorious in His triumphant resurrection. Hence, the body of Christ is shown without the cross, yet, Christ is represented both in the crucified form as well as the resurrected Christ.

The symbol of the Holy Spirit is presented in a combination of two forms in which He appeared in the New Testament. First, in the form of a dove in which he appeared at the baptism of Christ, and second, the form of a tonuge of fire in which He appeared to the apostles and the Blessed Virgin on the birthday of the Church, the first Pentecost.

Art critics have observed how successfully young Gubilini, in this metal sculpture of the Holy Trinity, has bridged in some degree the gap between classic realism of the Renaissance and the neo-abstraction trend so evident in contemporary art.

The sculpture is fashioned out of satin finish hammered brass and silver. It is 22 feet high and 12 feet wide and was made solely for St. Mark the Evangelist Church.

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