Zlate MoravceZlate Moravce

Zlate Moravce

Church of St. Michael the Archangel
1999

murals and and ornamentism
iconographical program

Church of the heavenly poetry

Michael the Archangel – the commander of all incalculable heavenly hosts – a beautiful patrocinium of the parish church in Zlate Moravce. It is unusual yet ingenious that the altar painting does not depict Michael the Archangel but his as well as our commander – the Queen of heaven and earth, the Assumpted Blessed Virgin Mary. As we can see a triumphal arch does not portray Michael the Archangel either, but rather the self-sacrificing King of kings, the Lord of lords, the King of our hearts, the Bread of eternal life. However, the ceiling indicates heavenly beauty, and depicts these mysterious heavenly messengers. In the presbytery it shows, apart from the writers of the most valuable texts – the gospels – of the living Word of God, their angelic intercessions. In the nave of the church on six paintings there are represented their actions in the history of our salvation.

The church in Zlate Moravce has been artistically made up so it shows the beauty, harmony and truth described in the whole Old and New Testaments. These values have been achieved by inserting the compositions into the architecture of this church, and supplemented with decorations drawing on the original plastic frames. The coloring of the interior is derived from the coloring of the main altar, and the colors of the vault are a relief of these tones. The colors are symbolical and subordinated to the resurrection of Christ – to this most holy morning – they are the colors of the holy dawn.

Last supper

Arch of the Victorious Christ

The arch of the Victorious Christ shows us how He gives Himself to us until the end of times as a living bread and blood in the form of bread and wine. Not only to his apostles, but to all of us who are not worthy. He says: “This is my body which is given for you … this is the cup of my blood which is shed for you and for all for forgiveness of sins. It is the blood of a new and eternal covenant. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Roman Missal) The apostles are depicted as all of us during transubstantiation and communion. They are meditating on this incomprehensible mystery.

Sacrifice of Isaac – Zechariah

Sacrifice of Isaac

The vault portrays angels on their mission in the salvation history. They are, as it were, flying in through air holes in the ceiling which are included in pictural surfaces. The first image shows a test of Abraham by the Heavenly Father. The latter grasps the killing hand of the former and shows him a prepared lamb, caught in bushes, which he is supposed to sacrifice instead of his only son Isaac.

Zechariah’s offering

The second image represents an angel interrupting Zechariah’s offering to announce him that he is about to have a son – John.

AnnunciationBirth of the Lord

Annunciation

The third image shows the happiest news when the Blessed Virgin Mary together with us find out that through the Holy Spirit she is going to give birth to the Savior of the world.

Birth of the Lord

Here an angel heralds the greatest joy of humanity – the birth of the Savior, portrayed as a child – the Light of the world illuminating and saving the whole mankind that believes in him.


Resurrection - Cup of suffering

Cup of suffering

The fifth image presents us with an angel carrying a “cup of bitterness”. He hands it over to the blood-sweating Redeemer who has been abandoned by the whole world. His loneliness before the torture, crucifixion and death is proved by his sleeping favorites Peter, James, and John.

Resurrection

The last image announces the most beautiful morning of humanity when an angel proclaims: “He is not here. He has risen from the dead!” Had it not been for this morning, everything would be in vain. In this morning, human life finds its meaning.

… to us, his work and creation seemed as the closest expression of realistic religious creation for our historical-cultural environment of our parish church of St. Michael the Archangel in Zlate Moravce.

Marian Javor, priest – dean during the commission