Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Review: The Cross – Meditations and Images

This new book, The Cross – Meditations and Images, is an interesting source of many images of the cross, making it a unique experience for both the believer and the non-believer reader. The cross is undoubtedly one of the most famous religious symbols worldwide, being an inspiration for millions.


Serena Fass has compiled a collection of many important and beautiful representations of the Cross. Spanning different strands of the Christian faith from the earliest Christians in Pompeii to the present day, and criss-crossing the globe from Norway to Zimbabwe and Peru to Australia. Works are illustrated in a variety of media including architecture, painting, sculpture, ivories, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, as well as examples of the cross manifest in nature. Serena has tried to convey the wide variety of cultural representations that illustrate Jesus’ great commission to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
Many authors have contributed towards the completion of this book, from all around the Christian World. Some prominent examples are, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Fr. William Taylor, Fr. George Florovski and many more. Also a number of Church Fathers are used, including Gregory the Great, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ignatius of Antioch, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrysostom and many more. 

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