This beautiful mosaic dates back to the 13th century and was fully restored after the fire to St. Paul's in 1836. It was one of the many mosaic's that grace the ceiling of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. We were honored to be given a tour by Abbot Edmond Power, O.S.B. who continues a long Benedictine tradition at St. Paul's since Pope Gregory II established a Benedictine community in 937.
The beautiful mosaic apse above the Popes chair depicts Jesus with Peter, Andrew, Paul and Luke. The scroll in St. Paul's hand is interpreted to read..."We do not know how to pray as we ought but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings" Romans 8:36
This ancient Paschal stand which dates from the 12th century, depicts scenes from creations tree of life, Pontious Pilate washing his hands, the death of Christ, the Resurrection of Christ. It is beautiful and at one time was outside in the weather but was essentially unharmed...that was before "acid" rain.