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Rites of Initiation in the Early Irish Church: The Evidence of the High Crosses

Department of the History of Art, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
Academic Editor: Samuel Youngs
Religions 2021, 12(5), 329; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050329
Received: 7 March 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 8 May 2021
Rites of Initiation in early medieval Ireland have been studied only with reference to contemporary texts; recourse to other sources, most notably the substantial corpus of extant high crosses, has not been made. Here it will be demonstrated that the iconography and programmatic arrangement of the depictions of Noah’s Ark, the Baptism of Christ, and the Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace can significantly advance theological and liturgical understanding of the early medieval rites of baptism and ordination in this region, indicating the central role of these biblical events and their associated literatures in these contexts. It will be further suggested that this relationship between text, image, and ritual points to the role of the high crosses in facilitating the liturgical rites of the early medieval Irish Church. View Full-Text
Keywords: early medieval Ireland; Christian rites of initiation; high cross; sculpture; iconography early medieval Ireland; Christian rites of initiation; high cross; sculpture; iconography
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