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Wishing you a blessed Good Friday

For Good Friday, I felt that rather than Patristic words I would provide a Patristic image. There are, however, relatively few images of the crucifixion from the ancient church (and the more Reformed readers say, “Hear, hear!”). I give you photos of the earliest known surviving image of the crucifixion, from the doors of the church of Santa Sabina in Rome, dating to the episcopate of Pope Celestine I (427-432). These are from Wikipedia, my own images being blurry:

5th-c crucifixion, Santa Sabina, Rome


  1. Paul Chandler

    Contemporary or perhaps slightly earlier, the ivory crucifixion (dated 420/430) in the British Museum:

    • Matthew

      Thank you for sharing this!

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