O Adonai

Linda Witte Henke

O ADONAI (Image 2)

Cotton fabric, synthetic felt, applique, stitching, Embroidery, found objects

Artist Statement: This series was inspired by "The Great O Antiphons," a collection of prayers dating back as far as the fourth or fifth centuries that are intended for use during the final seven days before Christmas. The prayers, which address God using several Old Testament titles and express a growing sense of urgency for the Messiah’s coming, give voice to poignant human longings that are as relevant today as they were in centuries past. This is the version of the second prayer as it appears on this panel:

O ADONAI (Lord of All), master of the universe and ruler of the house of Israel, your mighty acts have rescued remnants of your people from the midst of slavery, exile, war, and holocaust; raise your scepter over us that the condition of human dignity may be extended to all people in all places; for the sake of him whom we know as Lord of All, even Jesus the Christ.

The works in this series were created from cotton fabric, cotton batting, and synthetic felt that was dyed, painted, stenciled, and stamped, then embellished with appliqué, improvisational stitching, hand embroidery, and found objects (metal hardware and plastic stars).

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