“In The New Beginning” is an original pastel painting by St. John artist Livy Hitchcock, who created it to honor the ordination and consecration on June 11, 2005, of Edward Ambrose Gumbs as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands.
This artwork depicts the Virgin Islands’ exquisite sunrise, representing the dawning of a new day. Livy's hope is that “this painting will contribute to a joyous transition in the life of the Episcopal-Anglican church community here in the Virgin Islands."
Christian and Episcopal-specific symbols are incorporated into the seascape, landscape and sky so that each person who sees the painting can respond in a personal, spiritual way.
Sun — Symbol for Jesus Christ. Jesus is referred to as the "Sun of Righteousness." Physical light and life comes from the sun; spiritual life and light comes from the Son. Malachi 4:2
Cloud — Symbol for God. Jesus ascended into heaven on a cloud and according to many authorities will return on a cloud. Because they form a veil in the sky, clouds portray the unseen image of the Omnipotent God.
Descending dove — Symbol for the Holy Spirit. "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove." John 1:32
Three equal arcs — Symbol for the Trinity, one God in three persons. The arcs are interwoven in one continuous flowing design representing the oneness of the Godhead.
Lily — Symbol for the truth Jesus was teaching. Jesus said "Consider the lilies of the field..." Matthew 6:28
Lamb — Symbol for Christ. "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
Three sailing vessels in triangle — Symbol for the three individual persons of the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The triangle is a perfect reflection of the divine unity of the Trinity.
The cross — The sacred symbol of the Christian faith of all generations. Christ died on the cross, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world, to redeem us and reconcile us to God.