|Authored by:||Bahamas Information Services|
|Source:||Bahamas Information Services|
|Date:||March 5, 2015|
World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. It is a movement initiated and carried out by women throughout the world. The motto of " Informed Prayer & Prayerful Action " signifies that prayer and action are inseparable.
This year the Christian women of The Bahamas have written a service around Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Although written by women, all are invited. Increasingly men and children are participating and over 36 hours, 170 countries will have taken part. This year the services will focus on the theme of ‘Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”’
The Bahamas commemorative stamps in recognition of The Bahamas World Day of Prayer show the inspiration and creativity of talented Bahamian artists in celebration of the spirit of the global call to prayer: the stamps are called “Never Forget How to Serve,” “Blessed,” and “The Master Key.”
The piece “Never Forget How to Serve” is a Biblically symbolic reminder of how one should always keep the act of serving others in the forefront of your mind. We should think of all the big and little ways that we can serve those who are sick, poor, dispersed, disenfranchised, imprisoned and neglected. Giving this gift to someone can make a huge difference in the way we love and care for one another and perhaps can bring some resolution and healing to a dying world. This artwork by Jessica Colebrooke is made of Terracotta clay and painted with oxides and stains. The stamp is in 15c denomination.
“Blessed” by Chantal Bethel. “... Each place and each experience lived has left a trace on Chantal’s soul. It is these traces and their accompanying emotions that spill onto her canvases...” (2005) Erica Moiah James, PhD, Assistant Professor History of Art and African American Studies Yale University.
A mixed media artist, Chantal Bethel draws upon the landscapes and folklore of her heritage and home, as well as from the stirrings within her soul. She moves viewers through her signature application of color to find beauty and resilience, sometimes even in the darkest and most difficult of places.
“Bethel, whose work sings of the challenges, beauty and nurturing power of her gender, is the first woman artist to be given a spread in Yinna Vol. 3 (a publication of BACUS - The Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies)” says Patricia Glinton Meicholas, Editor.
In 2001, she was honored by the Miami Children’s Hospital for her support of children’s issues through art, and in 2008 the Bureau of Women’s Affairs honored Chantal Bethel for her outstanding work and contribution in the realm of Fine Arts. In 2010, she received the Award of Excellence from the Embassy of Haiti in Washington D.C. for her work, Requiem for Haiti.
Bethel’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout The Bahamas as well as the United States and Canada. Her work is in the collection of the Waterloo Center for the Arts Museum in Iowa, The Benetton Foundation in Italy, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and the Dawn Davies collection in The Bahamas.
“It is a privilege for me to celebrate the diverse cultures which have profoundly affected my life: that of Haiti where I was born, Belgium where I was schooled and The Bahamas, my beloved home since 1971,” says the artist. The stamp is in 50c denomination.
Working in bronze -- a material that portrays strength and longevity, this sculpture “The Master Key” by Tyrone Ferguson grew out of meditating on and spending quiet time with the question Jesus asked of his closest Disciples; “Do you know what I have done for you?”
Jesus gave his followers a master key to living out His newest and most important fellowship commandment: “Love Another as I Have Loved You”. The symbolism in the feet washing was that they would be able to remain intimately connected to one another by keeping Him at their centre, touching the lives of each other in the same way He touched their lives. This master key will open you the doorway of living as one in the spirit even when it may feel uncomfortable; leading to the power of the kingdom of heaven becoming real in our lives.
The Master Key has twelve bronze rings around it symbolizing the twelve disciples. The stamp is in 65c denomination.