Friday, February 12, 2016

Dancing and Crowning: Ravenna's Neonian Baptistery

Last evening I had the chance to review some of the videos I took while in Italy a few years back. This is the video from the interior of the Neonian Baptistery in Ravenna, which was finished by the end of the 5th century.

What I love about the stunning mosaic on the ceiling is the way the apostles' feet suggest that they are dancing as they rejoice in the newest addition to the Body of Christ, baptized below.

Also, each apostle carries a laurel ring, a crown awaiting the moment when the baptized person will be crowned in glory at the heavenly banquet. A little interpretation on my part, of course, but as this Lenten season unfolds, let us be reminded of our own baptism and what awaits the faithful servant.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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