Christ of Many Colors

Mary and baby Jesus at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Mary and baby Jesus at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

On this Palm Sunday, marvel at the varied images of Jesus depicted in churches and other places around the world. Sometimes he is a baby with the face of someone far more mature, sometimes he is an adult, sometimes with white skin, sometimes not. I am always surprised that societies try to remake him in their image. At this time of year, one can’t help but whisper, who was he?

—Lori Tripoli

Jesus in Yaroslavl, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Jesus in Yaroslavl, Russia
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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Jesus at the Church of the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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Jesus at St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg, Germany Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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Crucified in Honfleurs, France Photo credit: L. Tripoli

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Jesus as seen in an image of the Shroud of Turin at Saint Sulpice Church in Paris Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Jesus as seen in an image of the Shroud of Turin at Saint Sulpice Church in Paris
Photo credit: L. Tripoli

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