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Sun of Righteousness

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download.

Description of Sun of Righteousness

Throughout the Old and New Testament symbolic references to light abound, Jesus Christ is referred to as the bright morning star, the light of the world, the sun of righteousness. The imagery of the sun, in its life-giving yet blinding way, captures the awesomeness of God, a mystery we cannot grasp. Yet when God's light is directly encountered we hear the words "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news"(Luke 2:10). Let us join the shepherd in responding, "Let us go now and see" this light that has come int the world. This design captures the piercing rays of the sun which penetrate the dark.

Scripture References

  • Isaiah 9:2
  • Malachi 4:2
  • John 8:12

Occasions for Use

  • Christmas
  • Proclaiming the Word
  • Creation
  • Advent
  • Transfiguration
  • Pentecost
  • Epiphany

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."