[quote="catholictiger, post:1, topic:309379"]
Simple question why is the sunburst such a common part of Catholic Worship, mainly in adoration. a Sunburst monstrance is a very common and widely used monstrance. Also I have seen some pictures of crosses with sunbursts behind it. What is the significance of this.
if you want me to I can post pictures but I have a feeling everyone knows what a sun burst is.
I don't want to discuss this in this thread but some fundamentalist and atheist argue this makes pagan.
I just want a theological understanding of why the sunburst is so widely used in Catholic Art.
"God from God, Light from Light"
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our Gods
by which the daybreak from on high will visit us
to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Mt 4: 15-16
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness
have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.”
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
In the beginning* was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. * All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
It's not specifically a "sunburst," just the only way to represent light in three-dimensional form. In paintings you can paint a glow or relative brightness. But any light, candlelight, lightbulbs, whatever, often appears as rays and even in two-dimensional works of art, the rays are often used.
The last bolded part is why it's so often part of a monstrance. "We preach Christ crucified." Death has not overcome our Lord; He lives and is present now.