Enjoy video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos and accompanying dotMagis blog posts to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of Ignatian prayer and sacred art. For more about the series, visit Arts & Faith: Advent at LoyolaPress.com.

2017 Prayer Exercises

Arts & Faith: Advent—First Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)
Arts & Faith: Advent—Second Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)
Arts & Faith: Advent—Third Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)
Arts & Faith: Advent—Fourth Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)
Arts & Faith: Christmas Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Arts & Faith: Christmas Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ve provided an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. Today we share the video and prayer for Christmas Day. The art is John Singleton Copley’s The Nativity. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move across your mind and wait off to the side for […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Fourth Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent, Cycle C, is based on Luke 1:39–45. The art is Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Visitation. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move across your mind […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Third Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Third Week of Advent, Cycle C, is based on Luke 3:10–18. The art is Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Preaching of St. John the Baptist. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Second Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Second Week of Advent, Cycle C, is based on Luke 3:1–6. The art is Mattia Preti’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move across […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—First Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the First Week of Advent, Cycle C, is based on Luke 21:25–28, 34–36. The art is Wassily Kandinsky’s The Last Judgment. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move across your […]

Arts & Faith: Christmas Imaginative Prayer Exercise

Each week of Advent, we’ve provided an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. Today we share the video and prayer for Christmas Day. The art is The Birth of Christ by Geertgen tot Sint Jans. “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” —John 1:18 Preparation As we begin this time of quiet […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Fourth Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent, Cycle B, are based on Luke 1:26–38. The art is John Collier’s The Annunciation. “All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Third Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Third Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on John 1:6–8, 19–28. The art is Saint John the Baptist Preaching by Anton Raphael Mengs. “Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—Second Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the Second Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on Mark 1:1–8. The art is Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” —Mark 1:3 Preparation As we begin this time […]

Arts & Faith: Advent—First Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle B)

Each week of Advent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent. The video and prayer for the First Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on Mark 13:33–37. The art is William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World. “Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn.” —Mark […]

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