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Holy Trinity Cathedral to hold deanery-wide Church School lenten retreat

CHICAGO, IL [HT Cathedral] — The Church School of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, will be holding a lenten retreat for children on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  All parishes throughout the Chicago region are invited to participate.

The retreat will open at 9:30 a.m. with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.  A Lenten pot-luck luncheon will follow.  Participants will then depart for Libertyville, IL, where they will view a display of unique wood mosaic religious art titled “My Father’s Love.”  [Additional information on this rare art form, known as “marquetry,” appears below.]  Upon their return to the cathedral, a Reconciliation Service and individual Confessions will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m.  If there is sufficient interest, a bus will be rented.

Cathedral parishioners may sign up at coffee hour.  Members of other parishes may indicate their desire to attend by sending an e-mail to lr7288sr@sbcglobal.net.

“My Father’s Love” is a display of thirty, 4’ x 8’ wood panels, each weighing over four hundred pounds, crafted from hundreds of thousands of half-inch diamond shaped pieces of inlaid wood cut from more than a hundred-fifty varieties of trees.  Each tree offers its own unique color and gain pattern, giving the artist a pallet from which to create his unique scenes.

This special marquetry exhibition by Ed Lantzer was 30 years in the making and was placed in public view for the very first time in June 2008.

“‘My Father’s Love’ is a testament of divine redemption that unfolds over a series of thirty 4’x8’ marquetry panels,” said Gregory Waskowsky, Outreach Curator at the Kalamazoo [MI] Institute of Arts.  “An inspired work of faith, Lantzer has also created a masterpiece of vernacular art.”

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century.  The craft was then imported to France to create furniture of unprecedented intricacy and beauty, providing the furnishings that decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV.

The panels, now in place at the exhibition at the Monastery, stretch across 120 linear feet of gallery space.  Each is 96 inches tall which means Ed’s mosaic murals form just about 1,000 square feet of artwork in an art form that is as extraordinary as it is rare.

For more information visit www.myfatherslove.info.

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