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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ancient Images of the Nativity and Mary and Jesus

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

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This image of a Mary and the Christ Child was found on the walls of the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome. It dates to the 3rd century.

This lovely nativity scene dates to the 4th century.
It was found on the island of Naxos in the South Aegean.

Below is another nativity scene found at a 4th century sarcophagus in Milan.

This is an image of the Magi bearing gifts, found at 4th-century sarcophagus in Rome.

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