Habemus Papam! On March 13, we got a new Pope as the whole world looked on. Pope Francis is now the latest Pope, and the first from the Americas. Yay!
I am still working on the Theology of the Body painting #1, but could not resist inserting a Pope Francis layer into it – it was too big an occasion to resist. This layer started with a prayer and blessing for the Pope and his people in the coming years. This can be found in the lower left quadrant of the painting.
We have a new Pope! Lord, watch over him. Guide him as he leads your faithful on their earthly journeys. Let him foster peace and understanding throughout every nation and among all peoples. Give him strength and courage in the face of adversity to remain faithful to you and Your will. And above all, may he be an example to all – of your love for each and every one of us, as father, as shepherd. May you bless him and bless us as we journey in search of your unending love and in our battle to reject the lure of sin in our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord, AMEN!
Then, front and centre, came the Latin declaration of the Pope:
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Georgium Marium Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Bergoglio,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.
And, scrawled at the very top in more or less unreadable graffiti-like letters, Gaudete! (Rejoice!)
This is how it looked at the end of that day:
At this point I really liked how colourful the whole thing was. A friend commented that it reminded him of the Berlin wall. (Hopefully, minus the bullet holes…) Standing back, I also got the impression that it looked like a snapshot of a graffiti-covered wall in some inner city area, although the Berlin wall hadn’t come to mind. Regardless, I kind of like the effect!
However, this is not actually a painting about the Pope so I’ll continue to layer over it, but I’m happy to know that this layer will be inside the finished painting!