November 30, 2006

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

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Blogger Etayne said...

Check out that staff!
Now if that ain't a wizard from Lord of the rings, I dunno...

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The staff looks like the one on Connan the Barbarian. The one the bad guy had.

Seriously, what's with the snakes? A Roman Catholic would not have such a thing.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The Gospel refers to Moses lifting up serpent on a pole to heal the people of snakebite. The Gospel sees that as a prophetic symbol of Christ being lifted up on the cross to heal us of sin.

So the Patriarch's staff is an ancient symbol of the cross.

7:32 PM  

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