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A tetramorph is a symbolic arrangement of four differing elements, or the combination of four disparate elements in one unit. The term is derived from the Greek tetra, meaning four, and morph, shape.

In Christian art the tetramorph is the union of the symbols of the Four Evangelists, the four living Creatures derived from the Book of Ezekiel, into a single figure or, more commonly, a group of four figures. Each of the four Evangelists has a creature, usually shown with wings: Matthew the man, Mark the lion, Luke the ox, and John the eagle.

Matthew the Evangelist is represented as the winged man, or an angel. He is represented in human form because his gospel centres on the human nature and life of Christ. St Jerome writes, ”The first face of a man signifies Matthew, who began his narrative as though about a man: ‘The book of the generation of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham’”.

Mark the Evangelist is represented as a lion. He is represented in the form of a lion because he proclaims the royal dignity of Christ, the lion being the king of beasts. ”The second [face signifies] Mark in whom the voice of a lion roaring in the wilderness is heard: 'A voice of one shouting in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”

Luke the Evangelist is represented as an ox, or a calf. He is represented in the form of an ox as his gospel dwells on the atonement and the sacrifice of Christ, the ox being an ancient symbol of sacrifice. ”The third [is the face] of the calf which prefigures that the evangelist Luke began with Zachariah the priest.”

John the Evangelist is represented as an eagle. He is represented as an eagle as his gospel describes the incarnation of the divine Logos, the eagle itself a symbol of that which is from above. ”The fourth [face signifies] John the evangelist who, having taken up eagle’s wings and hastening toward higher matters, discusses the Word of God.”

 

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© Music by Konstantin Zhigulin,

Words - "Clap Your hands all you people" based on Psalm 47 by Mark Shipp, "Lament for the Innocents" by Jeff Matteson, "The Lord is risen from the grave" based on 1 Cor. 15 by Brad Cawyer, "The Lord said to my Lord" based on psalm 110 by Brad Cawyer, "In silence, Lord, do not remain" based on psalm 83 by Michael Morgan, "You are the light of the world" by Brad Cawyer.

 

Participants:
Lina Zhigulina, soprano
Elena Cawyer, alto
Konstantin Zhigulin, tenor
Brad Cawyer, bass,
Cover design: Konstantin Zhigulin


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