Shives Paschal Mystery: Imagine these four paintings being scene of the story of our salvation in Christ. The scene of the crucifix by the waterfall and the Mater Dolorosa show Jesus and Mary in the midst of the passion, then the next two paintings, of Jesus freeing souls from the underworld and the mystery of the Eucharist in the tabernacle show how Christ saved us from our sins and continues to be with us always in the gift of His Holy Body and Blood.
Regarding the third print, this is a take on the classic depiction of the Harrowing of Hell, when tradition says Jesus after his death went down into the underworld to free those holy souls who waited to be brought into heaven after Christ died on the cross and thereby opened the gates of heaven. Here he carries a banner of the cross as a sign of his victory over death and is greeting the souls of Adam and Eve and all the holy souls who died before the birth of Christ and awaited their salvation.
This series of four prints provides powerful spiritual message of Our Lord's Paschal Mystery.
Arnold Shives is a renowned Catholic artist from Vancouver. We are grateful for his permission to have his work on display in the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies
Meditation: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Son of God, born of the Father, before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried, on the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.