Monday, March 29, 2010


A bas-relief in the narthex of St. Michael's Cathedral

This small painted bas-relief probably represents the reception of Holy Eucharist.  The Christian soul (the dove) is nourished by the Precious Blood (the grapes prefigure the wine which is consecrated at Holy Mass). 

Such depictions were not unknown to the early Christians, as this one from the Catacombs of Priscilla attests:

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