To the right is an image of a large group of people
in what appears to be sincere and earnest prayer in a church.
Women appear to be weeping, and on their knees in prayer. In the
background there is a preacher in the pulpit with what looks like
heavenly rays of light illuminating him. This portion of the image
is captioned, "Watch Night". In the upper left of the overall
picture is a group of heavenly beings . Some have the wings of
angels. To the upper right of the image is what appears to be
tortured soles wondering around in hopelessness.
I have to admit I have trouble understanding what
Homer is getting at with this picture. If you have ideas, please
submit them, and I would be pleased to post your review of the piece.
I am just not able to put it all together in my mind.
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