Saturday 24 May 2014

The icon of the Trinity at Crocetta

My first visit to Crocetta yesterday. The community chapel: extremely well done, and most impressive of all the icon of the Trinity on the sanctuary wall. It is a copy of icon of the famous visit of the three angels to Abraham at Hebron, but to see it so large, and so well done, is remarkable.

So many details: the three angels are all very young; androgynous; similar looking; and each carries a staff that indicates the person: Father, Son, Spirit, in that order. Young: because God is ever young, ever new, ever fresh. Androgynous, not because ambiguous, but because God is before the division of male and female, and we are created male and female in the image of God. Similar looking, of course, not one old and the other young, and the third feminine. The serenity too: perhaps quite in contrast with the same God who wants to, soon after, destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sinfulness. The single bowl in front of them: full of wine? something red anyway. I wonder what that means. Not the meat and milk that Abraham placed before them.

Mystery anyway. With the single tree in the background. 

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