The Triodion is the liturgical book used in the Orthodox Church during Lent.
And this is kind of how I see lent every year. A crazy swirling mass of purple and gold and insanity and quicksand and confusion.
The text on the outside is the prayer of St. Ephraim, in Slavonic.
I should also note that this is a prototype for Lacrimosa.
This painting was 12X12