A Work of “HeART”: Paul the Venetian (includes downloadable story in Spanish)

 Children’s Story

 Time:  9 – 10 minutes depending on storyteller delivery and children’s responses.

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Good morning and welcome. This morning our story is about the love in our hearts. The pink flame of our threefold flame is the flame of love. When we are compassionate, selfless and kind to others, the pink flame of our threefold flame expands. (Show picture of threefold flame.)

The ascended master Paul the Venetian is the Chohan of the third ray of love. (Picture of Paul the Venetian)

In his final embodiment he was the great artist Paolo Veronese who painted beautiful art. He ascended at the close of that embodiment, on April 19, 1588. (Picture of Paolo Veronese)

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Paul the Venetian explains that the purpose of art is to enhance the love of Christ always. He welcomes all of us to his retreat while we sleep at night. He takes us individually to a room where there is a blank art canvas. He asks us to meditate upon our Christ consciousness and to create our own self-image of the Christ. It’s a self-portrait of the Real Self.

Have you thought of yourself as being the artist for what your Christ Self can look like?

Our story today is about a King who also loved beautiful art.  Let’s listen our story now.

 

A Work of “HeART”

(Adapted from the legend The King's Thanksgiving)

             Long ago, lived a King who loved art and all things beautiful. The King’s greatest wish was that some day he and his kingdom would become famous for its magnificent artwork. Desiring to have a great artist in his village, he provided art lessons to the children in the town, but only to those of prominent families. The poorer children could only hope that they might be worthy someday to receive training.

Each year the King carried on a special tradition known as the King’s Feast. The day before the feast, he sent his messenger to the homes where the children had been trained in the finer techniques of art. Thereupon, one of these children would be invited to the castle for a feast. This child would dine with the Prince and Princess. Then he or she would meet with the King’s advisors and they would decide if the child was ready to be trained by the King’s most noteworthy art instructors.

Many children had been selected for the King’s Feast throughout the years, but none had been asked to remain for further training. The king believed that something was missing in their artwork and could not consider them as future artists.

This year the King decided to go with his messenger to the homes. He wanted to discover for himself why they couldn’t find that special child who would be bring art fame to the village.

The messenger and King traveled first to the house of the burgomaster or mayor of the village. It seemed likely that the burgomaster's child might be chosen to go to the castle. She was dressed in silk, and her yellow hair was tightly curled. The young girl’s artwork hung on every square inch of the sitting room.

“Are you ready to attend the feast as the King would like you to?” asked the messenger.

“Oh, yes!” said the burgomaster's child. “I have on my best dress and curled my hair. Look how beautiful my artwork is! Will you take me?”

But the King shook his head, for this was not the child.

The King and the messenger went on until they came to where the captain of the guards lived. The captain's little son wore a uniform with a silver braid and buttons with a sword hanging at his side just like the guards wore. The child’s best piece of artwork was displayed prominently on the front door.

“Are you ready to keep the day as the King would like you to?” asked the messenger.

“Oh, yes!” said the child. “You can see that I have learned well the art lessons provided me. I am strong with my sword. Will you take me?” But the King again shook his head.

The two went on and came to the baker's shop. The baker's boy stood at the door, dressed in his best white suit, and holding an empty basket on his arm. The young boy had baked the most beautiful cake shaped like the castle on the hill.

“Are you ready to keep the King’s Feast as the King would like you to?” the messenger asked the baker's boy.

“Oh, yes!” the boy said. “I have this basket to gather up whatever remains of the King's feast and bring it home with me. And I have baked and decorated this beautiful cake that I offer you as my gift of art. Will you take me?”

But the King sadly shook his head a third time, for the child was not ready.

The King and messenger left and did not know which way to go. The King said, “Perhaps, this will be the first year that a child will not be chosen to attend the King’s Feast.”

Just at that moment the King saw a young girl and boy coming toward them. The girl was leading the boy, for he was small and lame. The little girl’s eyes shone like stars and she had a glow about her.  She held her head high and smiled so bravely that no one would have noticed her old dress and the tattered coat. Nor would they have noticed the freshly patched trousers the young lad wore. This time the King stepped forward and spoke.

“Are you ready to keep the King’s Feast as the King would like you to?” he asked.

The little girl looked up into the King's face.

“No, I am not ready,” she said, “but this child is. I am bringing him because he is hungry. He crafted this beautiful cross of Christ from the sticks found in our yard. Will you take him?” she asked.

The King was moved by the compassion and selfless love of this young child. Hardly able to speak, he responded, “Yes, and you, too. There is room at the King's table for both of you.” The King had seen the most beautiful flame painted on the canvas of this child’s heart.

As time went on the two children and the Prince and Princess became close friends. The King’s heart grew in love and he opened the castle doors to all children, rich and poor. He came to recognize all children as special. Together they learned the gracious and selfless love of the humble brother and sister. The village grew in fame with its splendid beauty and art that embraced the town.

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            People traveled from all over the world to discover the special secret of creating magnificent art. Yet it was a secret all could learn – true art lies in the love of the Christ in the heart.

 CONCLUSION:

            What is the lesson the King learned? (Allow children to answer.) Yes, true art is to enhance the love for Christ in our hearts. As we share selfless love with others, our threefold flame expands and the light of our Christ Self shines forth.

We can pray to Paul the Venetian to assist us in developing our threefold flame of the heart and to bring forth the image of the Christ consciousness in our own life. At home you can give prayers with your parents to expand your own threefold flame. Will you do that?

 

Thank you for sharing in our story. Have a lovely day.

 

 

 

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