There are many stained glass images at Chartres of men, women, and children being brought back to life by saints (usually in the presence of witnesses).

St. Martin bringing a man back to life (with two onlookers)

While my mind struggles to understand the physical resurrection of ordinary human beings, my heart rejoices in the metaphorical possibility of resurrection, especially because God uses human beings in the process.

St. Martin praying for resurrection

As we continue to pray for our cities, our societies, and our countries, the need for resurrection is obvious.

A man coming back to life

Let us pray for God’s power to make a difference in our world. Let us pray to be used by God to bring resurrection where it is needed.

Invitation to Prayer

Take a deep breath, imagining God’s love filling your heart and body, bringing peace and clarity.

Witnesses to God’s resurrection power

When your mind is ready, think of what is dead and needs resurrection in you, in those you love, in those who live within twenty-five miles of you, and in whatever country you call home.

Then, take a very deep exhale and plead with God, “Bring resurrection!”

If there is something you have been shown to do, follow the guidance that has been given.

Scriptural Touchstone
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. Acts 4:1-2 NRSV

To Understand The Image Better

These images are of St. Martin bringing a man back from the dead in the south ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral (1217-20) in France.

Thanks to Sylvie Tribouillet for this image of our beloved cathedral

Other Posts in This Series On Praying with Images of Death
Introduction: Life and Death
Passion & Resurrection Window: Talking about Death
Suffering; Hanging On Before Letting Go; Goodbye
John the Evangelist Window: Considering Our Lives; Possibilities in Times of Grief; Consider This!
Magdalene Window: The Many Faces of Mourning; Grieving, Then and Now; Water: In Life & Death; Resurrection; The Importance of A Face; Welcome As A Blessing
The Glorification of the Virgin Window: Dying in Community; Your Soul; Carrying Death
The Saint Sylvester Window: Murder
The Anthony and Paul the Hermit Window: Seeing with More Than Your Eyes
Small Rose in South Ambulatory: Meditating with Christ on the Cross

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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