Searching for the true

Christ Crucified, Giotto 1310

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour….

Giotto di Dondone

Empress Helena, mother of the first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine, was a woman who got stuff done. In 336 she went to the Holy Lands to find the True Cross of the crucifixion. She found it. In fact she found all three crosses from Calvary. luckily, one had Jesus’s name on it. After that things get weird. Everybody and every faith has a version, but basically she left a sliver of wood in the Basilica of Holy Sepulchre, and then the rest of the cross was distributed to worthy churches across the world. Centuries on people were sceptical, was there even enough wood to account for all these relics? In 1870, the fabulously named Charles Robette de Fleming made a catalogue of the known pieces and their measurements. He calculated that 0.04 cubic metres of wood were accounted for, leaving 98% of a regulation crucifixion cross still to be found. Fortunately for us, we can now buy pieces on Ebay. The True Cross saga is complex mix of devotion, confusion, miscalculation, deception, sacrifice and hope. We are currently living in a very similar set of circumstances. Let’s keep looking for the real missing pieces and keep the faith. #happyeastereveryone #letsmakelemonade

1 thought on “Searching for the true

  1. Yes. In the world in which we live, we need to keep the faith. We need to have faith. Thank for the reminder. Sometimes, though, it is difficult.


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