Orante (Orans) as Early Christian Symbol

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Praying Christian (orantes) from a catacomb painting
Orante della catacomba di via Anapo a Roma
Person in prayer (orantes) and a dove with an olive branch in its mouth.
Person in prayer (orantes) and a dove with an olive branch in its mouth.

The Orante is a figure with open arms, a symbol of the soul at peace in paradise, a representation of the soul in the other world as a figure (orante) with arms extended in prayer.


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