Chris Muir's Day By Day

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yer Ancient Christian Lesson of the Day

In a UK Daily Mail article, the possibility of female priests in the Catholic Church is raised because of frescoes that have been unveiled in some of the Roman catacombs:



The central female with hands raised is theorized in the article to be a female priest. Sorry, but no. That is simply a form of early Christian prayer called orans, which is a prayer posture that replicates symbolically the posture of Christ on the cross. It was later supplanted by the folded hands posture that we are all familiar with.

2 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

It looks like orens with a tallith covering the head.

ASM826 said...

There will be women priests. The sexual behavior of the male priests in the last 2 generations alone make it inevitable. Whether there were female priests or not in the past is unimportant. The Church will either get out front and lead on this issue or get swept along with the tide.