Pam Jenner, Textile Artist

Boy Praying in the hand of God

Green: is a liturgical color symbolizing growth, fertility, life, and hope. It is the color commonly used (for vestments, stoles, and altar and pulpit clothes) on the Sundays following Epiphany and leading up to Lent, and then again after Pentecost Sunday.

Hand: is used as a symbol of might and power. Sitting at the right hand is sitting in the place of favor. So putting the boy praying in the right hand of God is a place of favor.

Gold and Yellow: These colors almost universally symbolize the sun as will as divine illumination, purity, immortality, and wisdom. In the Christian tradition, they are used primarily to represent purity, divinity, and kingship.

Ivy: is a symbol of faithfulness and enduring friendship because of its ability to cling. Medieval Christian symbolizes the eternal life of the soul after the death of the body because it clings to dead trees and continues to be green.

Laurel: because it is an evergreen, is a symbol of eternity. Artists, poets, philosophers, athletes, and conquerors received this symbol of honor and victory.

Sun: is a sign of God; the source of favor, honor, and all good things. The Sun is quilted into the top of the green background.

Four: is the primary number of earth, referring to the four corners of the globe and the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water). In scripture there are the Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John); the four major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel). All of the squares have four sides.

Quatrefoil: is a decorative design that consists of a leaf having four foils, or lobes. Most often the figure is symbolic of the Four Evangelist, but it may also be used to symbolize anything in fours. There are four quilted in the background.