Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The Passion of Christ in scripture and art April 22, 2011

When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”  Mark 14:17-18

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  Mark 14:35-36

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. The men seized Jesus and arrested him.  Mark 14:44-46

They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him…With a loud cry Jesus breathed his last.  Mark 15:17 and Mark 15:37

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene…  Mark 16:9

“He has risen! He is not here.”  Mark 16:6

(Scripture from The New International Version of the Holy Bible.)

© Photos copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling of paintings by Faribault, Minnesota, artist Rhody Yule, copyrights reserved


6 Responses to “The Passion of Christ in scripture and art”

  1. Beautiful Audrey and Rhody. Truly inspiring!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Harriet, I couldn’t agree more that Rhody’s paintings are absolutely beautiful. He paints from a heart of faith and that shows.

  2. Bernie Says:

    Did you take these at Rhody’s show? They are lovely.
    What a wonderful way to usher in the Easter weekend!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I took these photos when, along with family members, we were sorting through Rhody’s art to select paintings for his exhibit at The Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault in January. Most, but not all, of these were included in his gallery showing.

      I think a local church should ask Rhody about showing these paintings during the Lenten season or on Easter weekend. What an impression these would make on worshipers.

  3. -dweej Says:

    Wow, wow, wow….gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Easter to you and your family 😀

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Ditto: Wow, wow, wow….gorgeous!

      Rhody is a gifted artist with a strong faith. He’s now 92 years old, BTW, and the most humble, kindest person you’ll meet. He painted these particular pieces many decades ago.

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