Visio Divina

Sacred Seeing Through Great Works of Art

Arthur Aghajanian explores visual culture in ways that are informed by his own contemplative practice. 

Birth Through the Virgin and Child

Continuing our holiday series, Arthur Aghajanian considers how most people see Christmas as the celebration of an individual birth at a certain moment in history, accompanied by portrayals of the Holy Child in churches and on Christmas cards. These images have their place in the religious education of children, he writes. Yet for adults, visualizing the meaning of Christmas in this way often only helps reinforce a limited understanding of what the occasion can mean for us. How does mature Christianity recognize Jesus’s birth?

Arthur Aghajanian

Arthur Aghajanian

Writer and Educator | Contributor, Contemplative Light

Arthur Aghajanian is a Christian contemplative, essayist, and educator. His work explores visual culture through a spiritual lens. His essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Ekstasis, Radix, Saint Austin Review, The Curator, and many others. He holds an M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. Visit him at:

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