Lonnie Lacy for Virginia Theological
Keep Ye Not Apart was created by Lonnie
Lacy for the Virginia Theological
Seminary Christmas card for 2005. Lacy
says, “I wanted to capture something of
that moment when Advent shifts to
Christmas, that moment of holy collision
between our deepest longing and our
deepest joy. It is, after all, a moment
that calls us to our best selves, and we
cannot help but to enter into it and to
receive with the greatest of humility,
wonder, and love.”
This piece found its primary inspiration
in the following lines written by fellow
VTS seminarian, Lynn Holland:
Receive, rejoice! Keep ye not apart,
enter in with a child’s heart.
Love and serve the least of these,
for as ye do, ye shall receive.
Hymn #79 “O little town of Bethlehem”
also captures the sense of this
painting, particularly verse 3:
How silently, how silently, the
wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the
blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this
world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.
Lonnie Lacy is an M.Div. student from
the Diocese of Georgia in the Class of
2006 at VTS. While his primary artistic
medium is web design, he also enjoys
working with acrylics, pastels, and
watercolors and has recently taken up
iconography. He and his wife Jay live in
Alexandria, Virginia where Lonnie is
studying for the priesthood.
Lynn Holland wrote the song “Receive,
Rejoice,” a portion of which inspired
this piece. Holland is an M.Div. student
from the Diocese of Virginia in the VTS
Class of 2007. She is a songwriter who
is particularly interested in monastic
spirituality and religious community.”
Virginia Theological Seminary,