The Angel Broadcasted to Outer Space

posted by Baker Galloway

This year Sunday May 1st is Easter Sunday (aka Pascha) for Christians in the East, i.e. Orthodox Christians. To all those celebrating this week as Holy Week, we wish you a fruitful season of spiritual blessings. 

We share with all of you the following image of one of Eastern Europe's most famous and beloved frescoes. In it is depicted the angel who greeted the myrrh-bearing women who came to the tomb of Jesus bearing ointments and spices. 

White Angel at the Empty Tomb

A Description of the White Angel of Serbia:

(From Wikipedia)  White Angel is a detail of one of the best known frescoes in Serbian culture in the Mileševa monastery, Mironosnice na Hristovom grobu (Myrrhbearers at Christ's Grave), dated c. 1235 in Serbia during the reign of King Stephen Vladislav I of Serbia. Considered one of the most beautiful works of Serbian and European art from the High Middle Ages, this fresco is considered to be one of the great achievements in European painting. It depicts the arrival of the myrrhbearers at the tomb of Christ on Sunday morning, after the events of the Crucifixion. Sitting on the stone is the Angel of the Lord dressed in a white chiton, whose myrrh-bearing arm shows the place of Christ's resurrection, and his empty tomb.

The fresco is located on the southern wall of the church and the identity of its author is unknown. In the 16th century, the White Angel was over-painted with another fresco, and so was hidden until the 20th century when the fresco was restored.

A picture of the White Angel of Mileševa was sent as a message in the first satellite broadcast signal from Europe to America after the Cuban Missile Crisis, as a symbol of peace and civilization. Later, the same signal, containing the White Angel, was transmitted to space in an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life forms.

More info: Wikipedia.