Post artists illustrate the joyous experience of people gathering to pray.

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In “The Power of Prayer” from the November/December 2015 issue, author Ellen Michaud describes how communal worship is a joyous experience that can take us to higher ground. Prayer and worship are common threads in the United States, and one Post artists have illustrated throughout the years. Below is a small collection.

Sailor and Mother in Church

J.C. Leyendecker

March 23, 1918

Christmas Prayer J.C. Leyendecker December 24, 1921
Christmas Prayer

J.C. Leyendecker

December 24, 1921

Little Angel

Neil Hott

December 19, 1925

George Washington at Valley Forge

J.C. Leyendecker

February 23, 1935

Thanksgiving Crest

J.C. Leyendecker

November 26, 1932

Willie Gillis in Church

Norman Rockwell

July 25, 1942

Refugee Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell

November 27, 1943

Saying Grace

Norman Rockwell

November 24, 1951

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  1. ‘The Sailor and Mother in Church’ is beautiful and emotional. I’m sure the mother was praying for her son’s safety and safe return again during World War I.

    ‘Christmas Prayer’ captures a mother soothing her son wonderfully. I love how the wreath surrounds the mother’s head, and how Leyendecker cleverly utilized the under logo horizontal bars as a functional part of the painting here.

    ‘Little Angel’ is just that. I wasn’t familiar with Neil Hott before.

    ‘George Washington’. A very majestic portrait of Washington. I hope God was listening and things fell properly into place because of his prayers.

    ‘Thanksgiving Crest’. Wonderful, very unique and classically Leyendecker all at once.

    ‘Willie Gillis’. A cover I’m sure resonated deeply with millions of readers in early World War II. This soldier is in deep thought and prayer. Hopefully he was okay, and went on to live a long life after 1945.

    ‘Refugee Thanksgiving’. One of the first Rockwell’s that came close to a photo. I hope this woman found herself in a good place soon after.

    ‘Saying Grace’ recently examined by Abigail Rockwell, is very thought provoking. If you could re-feature it again here this month it would be great, especially for those that missed it awhile back.


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