Cierny Balog

Cierny Balog

Church of the Assumption
of Our Lady
2008

murals, liturgical equipment,
decorative grating

Assumption

We conceived the ceiling of the parish church in Cierny Balog as the canopy of the heavens which draws us in events transcending space-time, and giving us hope for eternity. The paintings in the church represent and embody supernatural truths of the Gospel and help adore the imminent Divine presence in the Tabernacle. The painting is supplemented with writing that draws one in prayer even deeper. Word confirms image, and image is fulfilled by word – by word of God. The paintings draw on meditation on Christ. Christ is the centre of artistic representation.

God’s salvation history is represented not only as an illustration of a specific event, but as a reference to the unity of the Holy Trinity. Colour, line, expression, composition, drawing, and the whole affirm Christ in the Father and in the Holy Spirit.

The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary

The Annunciation

Mystery of the Incarnation of the God’s Son offers an assurance about the Mother of God. The Blessed receives everything the angel announces her, and, through her “Fiat!”, assures our salvation. The scene culminates in the Holy Spirit who is the begetting power of the Father. Mary receives the Son of God just to deliver Him to us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, whom thou, Virgin, conceived of the Holy Ghost.


Pentecost

Pentecost

A colourful, yet simple scene depicts not only the New Testament spectacle, but also its mystery: the Apostles, surrounding the Mother—the Virgin Mary in trust, are receiving gifts—the heart-inflaming fire.

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above…


ResurrectionResurrection

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, and thus saved the world once and for all. Resurrection tears up the shackles of death just as it interrupts the frame around the clear scene of the Sunday morning. Victorious Christ, witnessed by heavenly angels and guarding soldiers. A joyful “Alleluia” in a prayer of Easter around the scene. Colours, as it were, singing a joyful song. After all, were it not for that day, our faith is in vain.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
For the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.


The Coronation of the Virgin Mary

Coronation of Mary

In the canopy of the presbytery above the patrocinium of the Assumpted One, the Glory of the Mother reaches its peak as the King of kings crowns her to be the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Surrounded by the odes of seraphim, she receives a sign of sovereignty from the Most Holy Trinity: the Eternal Father in eternal circles, the Mighty Son, and the all-sanctifying Spirit. God together with His Bride, the Intercessor and Protector of us – His adoptive children.

Hail, Queen of Heaven, Mother of Mercy; O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid, Mother of God, Mary!


PresbyteryPresbytery

Presbytery

The altar table, ambo and podium of the presbytery out of marble as well as oak seats sedes harmonize, in their morphology, with the main altar. The heart of the altar table is a rosary, and the pulpit symbolizes seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. A cross with four candle holders is part of the altar table, during Easter supplemented with a Paschal candle. The podium accentuates the position of a celebrant, who is presiding over the liturgical assembly, and the central status of the Eucharist. The Holly Mass is thus celebrated in a reverend and beautiful environment.


Lattice

Lattice

All elements – painting, decorations, lattice, and lights create a harmony of the whole. The circles representing infinite and perfect God project into the whole structure of lattice and canopies. Here the centre is Mary, the patroness saint of the parish, symbolized with a rosary. Inside the church, she appears twenty times – as the mysteries of the rosary. The entrance to the church harmonizes with its whole, especially with the altar wall. We enter the church in order to love God. Enriched by the Eucharist and the beauty of the space, we come out to love our neighbours.