[Brass Liturgical Lamp]

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Circa 2006
Kerala, India

This modern brass oil lamp from Kerala, India is used for light during celebration of the “Divine Mysteries” (the Sunday Eucharistic worship service). Similar oil lamps can be traced back to the Syriac churches of Late Antiquity. Fire holds deep symbolic meaning in the liturgical worship of the Syriac Christians. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the individual Christian was often described in terms of divine fire by Syriac theologians. One 5th century poet, Jacob of Serugh, wrote: “Let the fire of love burn in you like a furnace/ so that through your love the Living Fire may be honoured within you/ Let the soul be enflamed with divine love/ so that in holy fashion it may receive the Fire of Divinity.” -translated by S. Brock in Fire from Heaven (2006), 236.

Title

[Brass Liturgical Lamp]

Publisher

Kerala, India

Date

Circa 2006

Description

This modern brass oil lamp from Kerala, India is used for light during celebration of the “Divine Mysteries” (the Sunday Eucharistic worship service). Similar oil lamps can be traced back to the Syriac churches of Late Antiquity. Fire holds deep symbolic meaning in the liturgical worship of the Syriac Christians. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the individual Christian was often described in terms of divine fire by Syriac theologians. One 5th century poet, Jacob of Serugh, wrote: “Let the fire of love burn in you like a furnace/ so that through your love the Living Fire may be honoured within you/ Let the soul be enflamed with divine love/ so that in holy fashion it may receive the Fire of Divinity.” -translated by S. Brock in Fire from Heaven (2006), 236.

Rights

Public domain

Source

Private Collection

Files

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Citation

“[Brass Liturgical Lamp],” Gallery, accessed September 17, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/2573.