A picture of death and the Last Judgement
There is one sign marking this church. After driving on a narrow – even by Scottish standards – farm lane, walking behind a house and barn, you arrive at this little building surrounded by a rock wall. A motion-sensor turns the light on when you enter. The floor is primitive, there are no seats, you only look up and …wonder.
The building was used as a byre for hundreds of years. A byre, I was told by a Scottish woman, is the home for cows. Oh, I replied, we call that a barn. With a pitying look, she clarified, A barn is a place to store hay, a byre is a place where cows live . Aha. I see. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes ran through my mind as I stood in this former byre.
“Matthew is portrayed in several ways. He is shown with a cherub, in human likeness, where he is pictured as recording the human ancestry of Christ. He appears with a winged man in reference to his detailed account of the Incarnation of Christ.”
“In his [Mark’s] character of Evangelist and secretary to St. Peter, he is given a pen and the book of his Gospel.”
“His most frequent attributes are the winged ox, presumably because in his Gospel he emphasizes the priesthood of Christ, and the ox is a symbol of sacrifice;”
“His principal attributes are the eagle, symbol of the highest inspirations, and the book.”
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