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Rough Out of Corporal Works of Mercy Relief

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This post is to share some progress on the Corporal Works of Mercy Relief. If you missed it, you can read the first post here.

Removing wood to the background:


Cleaning up the edges and starting to rough in the shapes:


Forms roughed in:

Stay tuned for more to come.



Design for Corporal Works of Mercy Relief

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A few months ago, I was asked to design and carve a relief that represents the corporal works of mercy in the context of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.

The traditional corporal works of mercy are feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. This list finds its roots in Matthew 25:34-46.

The idea here was to surround the image of Christ on the cross with images of each corporal work of mercy as it might relate to the Passion narrative.



The bread for "feed the hungry" and the cup for "give drink to the thirsty" bring to mind the Lord's Supper. The seamless garment and sandals for "clothe the naked" are those that were stripped from Jesus during his crucifixion. The house depicted for "shelter the homeless" is based on images of the house in Ephesus that tradition claims is the house that John took Mary to live in after Jesus's death. The c…