JAMES THE APOSTLE
CHURCH AND AMONG US
THIS BOOK IS IN SLOVAK, ENGLISH. GERMAN and POLISH LANGUAGES
The book (226pages) is
divided into seven sections.
I. Master Paul from Levoča
and his work, II. The altar-an expression of faith and art, III.
Side-altars and the furniture of the church, IV. Statues and groups of
sculptures, V. Decoration and furniture of the church, VI. The spiritual
legacy of master’s
work, VII, The Apostles on the altar and among us. It has 36 color and
21 black and white pictures.
STORY OF THE APOSTLE
shall your message be, o Lord,
in this land,
to us, who obey signs?
... the bard of contemporary Slovak
Christian poetry Milan Rúfus is asking together
with us and in the name of modern people, swallowed every day by a wave
of action coming from every direction and level. Powered by an unending
uproar we envy seek, we snoop in the mosaics of banal bizarreness.
Finally, we resign with a fatalistic sigh: there’s nothing new under the
sun. If we were more humble, receptive, civilized in spirit, we
understood one: the most beautiful, most dramatic and most
heartbreaking stories happened long before us.
Saint James the Great, apostle, fulfilled
his earthly fate tragically: he was decapitated. What more can be added
to such a gradated destiny of a disciple of Jesus'? Gliding on the
surface, a storywriter of movie thrillers would make this point ‑ in the
punisher’s hit, to be an end of the saint’s drama. However, the divine
foresight decided differently. The legacy of the Apostle spreads from
the Spanish coast up
a town of population under 15.000. Pilgrimages to Compostella, where
James found his grave, belong to the largest in the world. James remains
as a symbol of the faithfulness to Jesus Christ, and the nations of the
Old Continent chose just this Apostle to be the patron‑saint of' the
Story of' Saint James the Apostle still
hasn’t its epilogue. There are still talented people coming to extend
the “James’ epic” by a new chapter. In the first half of' the
16th century, Master Paul settled down in Levoča. He surely wasn’t aware
of' the future fame he arranged by his altar to the man, Jesus Christ
called to the apostolic service directly from the fishing net. And he
couldn’t guess this charismatic ingenious woodcarver, that by his
monumental work the Church of' Saint James in Levoča
will become one of the world’s unique pieces of art, everyone admires.
James’ apostolic mission, death as a
martyr, cult of' his piety is not only inspiring, but also gathering
many, who want to say a word about these themes, make a photo report,
film sequence, or write a poem. In this way James got together also
creative mind and ways of' Mons. prof. ThDr. ICDr.
PaedDr. František Diugoš, PhD. and a
universal publisher, great photographer Vladimir Linder ‑ an
exceptional esthete of' the photo lens, supreme supporter and
propagator of' Levoča. Both authors want to tell the story of' the Saint
in the first place, they want to re-present the legacy of the phenomenal
late‑gothic woodcarver and his masterpiece. There are also unknown
makers of wall paintings, blacksmiths and other masters of' art. They
all added something to the interior of' the church from the smallest
detail to the monument of the Last Supper. They give us time for
a quiet moment with Saint James the Great, apostle, who lives in Levoča
church for centuries, but mostly, who lives among, us.
PhDr. Jozef LAPŠANSKÝ
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