Saint John of the Deposition of Erill la Vall

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Saint John of the Deposition of Erill la Vall

 

Saint John of the Deposition of Erill la Vall

Saint John, with a veiled hand in token of respect, holds the book written by his evangelist in his left hand. As one of the Four Evangelists, the figure of Saint John also appears in the Tetramorph, in which the symbols of the Four Evangelists, often with the Gospel they wrote in the hand, surrounding Christ.

On other occasions the ones holding the book in the hand are the Bishops, as on the Altar of Tavèrnoles, as trustees of the teachings of the book of Christ transmitted through the four gospels, and as representatives on Earth of the word of God.
Saint John didn’t only write the gospel, but was also author of the Book of Apocalypse, that he wrote on the island of Patmos, in which he announced the second coming of Christ.  In Theophany, the book being held could represent the Apocalypse.

 

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