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In Medieval England, there were two occasions for this rite, one during the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday and one on the morning of Easter, after the crucifix had been disinterred from the Easter Sepulcher. It is to this latter occasion (the celebration of God&rsquo;s resurrection) that Langland refers; in the poem, he speaks these words to his wife Kate and their daughter Calote just after waking from his visionary dream. This is why I drew the priest and his two acolytes wearing festive copes, and Kate and Calote in their best Easter clothes. Calote holds a paternoster. <br><br> The damask pattern on the wall hanging and the priest&rsquo;s cope is my own design, and includes several Resurrection symbols: the Lion and his three cubs, the Pelican in her piety (both mentioned in the Bestiary) and morning glory vines; as well as more purely decorative flowers, fish, birds and newts. The morse on the priest&rsquo;s cope has a small picture of the Resurrection. The acolytes&rsquo; morses depict Samson carrying off the Gates of Gaza and Jonah being vomited by the whale; these are the prefigurements of the Resurrection shown in the <i>Biblia Pauperum</i>. <br><br> On the back wall, a tile pattern in alternating indigo and sepia colors repeatedly spells out the words <i>Amen</i> and <i>Alleluia</i>, interspersed with crosses. This sort of squared lettering is more characteristic of Persian mosques than English churches, but I liked the way it looked nonetheless! <br><br> The apotropaic power of the Cross mentioned in the text is represented in the outer border by gold and palladium leaf surrounding the sacred wood. A horde of frightened fiends flee from it; these take obvious inspiration from medieval manuscript drolleries and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. I prefer to draw this type of demon, compounded of disparate and nonsensical elements, as it illustrates the idea of evil being unreasonable and chaotic, and injurious to the ordered hierarchy proper to God&rsquo;s creation. <br><br><br><br> Medium: Drawing, color ink on calfskin vellum with gold and palladium leaf <br> Dimensions: 7 1/2" &times; 11 1/4" <br> Year: 2016 <br><br>The original drawing was made on private commission. <br><br><hr><br> An open-edition gicl&eacute;e print of this drawing is available for $77. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. 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