Selaphiel (lost in prayer) – 36×48 Oils on Canvas

Selaphiel is one of the seven archangels of Catholic Tradition and Eastern Orthodox beliefs. he is usually depicted either as a thurifer (an incense burner) or in prayer with his arms crossed over his chest. I chose to depict him praying in that attitude but with a thurifer as well. the unusual shapes of light are cast from within the thurifer. in this way he appears lost in himself, in his prayers and meditation. but perhaps he is too consumed by his devotions to see what is happening in the wider world and in the church. perhaps he feels he has to atone for something, perhaps he is sorry for some of the things that have occurred in the church’s name.  Perhaps he revels in prayer.

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