Margaret Adams Parker



Pray With Me
tching (1st state), 2014
4.5 x 3.5 inches

Statement: In The Great Vigil of Easter, as new fire is kindled in the darkness we hear the words of the  ancient Exsultet offering the church's prayers of rejoicing at Christ’s victory over death. This etching celebrates the mystery of “this most holy night,” the beauty of these prayers, and the power of this light, shining in the darkness. The hands are drawn from two different women. They lift the flame together, evoking lines from the Exsultet:


“All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame, pray with me...”


as well as words from Psalm 141:


“Let my prayer be set before you an incense,

The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”


Bio: Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker is a printmaker and sculptor whose work often deals with religious and social justice themes. An adjunct instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1991, she writes and teaches about the visual arts and the church. This etching is one in a series reflecting on the readings from the Easter Vigil. She is working on this project as Artist in Residence at the Luce Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.



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