Weeks of Summer: The Painting

The tree spreading its branches to the four corners and rooted firmly in the soil is the Church. The stem is Jesus Christ; twelve branches symbolize twelve Apostles and the various Churches they established. The plenteous leaves and fruits depict the prosperity of the Church. The holy Martyrs and Saints are the shining fruits of the Church. Two great Feasts – the Transfiguration of our Lord and the Assumption of our Mother – which really proclaim the content of this season are pictured on either sides of the tree.