The Heavenly Welcome
At the top of the cross, we see ten more angels crowded around Jesus. Five of them have their
hands extended in a welcoming gesture to Jesus, who himself has his hand raised in the form of a
greeting. This scene calls to mind the glorious ascension of Jesus into heaven.
Source: Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. , The San Damiano Cross: An Explanation
(Franciscan University Press Steubenville, Ohio 1983)
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